get to know the city council
The City Council is the City’s legislative body, with the power to enact all ordinances and resolutions. City Council members are elected from fourteen districts, and the President is elected at‐large, by all voters of the City. The fifteen City Council members, along with the Mayor, act only by ordinance, resolution or motion. They adopt and may alter the annual budget and confirm the Mayor’s appointments. The City Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public.
City Council members are elected every four years. Bernard C. “Jack” Young currently serves as the City Council President. For more information on the City Council, please visit www.baltimorecitycouncil.com. Live in Baltimore City, but don't know who your City Council Representative is? Click here, enter your address, and voila!~ You'll know!
what is a legislative page?
Baltimore City Council Pages are young men and women who assist the City Council during its sessions. Pages have played an integral role in state and local legislatures for hundreds of years. The Page experience provides youth the unique opportunity to work alongside City Council members, in the midst of legislative action. It offers students an opportunity to see, first‐hand, all of the work that takes place “behind-the‐ scenes” to keep the city running.
The duties of a Page are varied, but will typically include assisting Council and staff members, performing errands during Council meetings, distributing legislative documents, answering phones, and attending committee meetings. Pages will attend and participate fully in an Orientation that will overview expectations, procedures, and responsibilities. Pages will also identify an issue which they will research, and advocate a resolution to the council members.
If this is something that interests you, please take this opportunity to see if you meet Eligibility Requirements. The selection process is competitive, and all student-applicants will participate in at least one interview. There are two openings for the 2015-16 academic year.
- You must be a full-time Baltimore City Public School student
- You must be in 11th or 12th grade to apply
- You must have an excellent attendance record
- You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 78%
- You must be committed to (and have both parental and administrative approval for) leaving school early on designated Monday afternoons, November through April, with NO CONFLICTING PROGRAMS, SPORTS SCHEDULES, etc.
- You must be willing to complete the Advocacy Project as part of your work responsibilities.