On Thursday City Council candidates attended a candidate’s forum led by students from Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati. About ten council candidates participated in the forum. Among the participants was current Councilman Cecil Thomas, Council hopeful and former Councilman Christopher Smitherman and Kevin Flynn.
Each candidate gave a three minute introduction before they were asked questions from students. Questions ranged from will community recreation centers remain open to will there be summer jobs for youth.
Catherine Smith Mills who did not attend the forum due to a scheduling conflict, has made creating youth jobs a top priority in her Mills Means Jobs plan.
We need to serve more Cincinnati youth in our city by giving them access to employment. I support the development of a Youth Jobs Advisory Council that will stand as a public- private partnership between the City of Cincinnati, local educators, and experts in the field of business to ensure that we have a lasting program that allows for internship and job creation opportunities. This partnership will allow for increased employment for Cincinnati’s young people, while creating sustainability in the youth work program expansion.
At the end of the forum students had a “mock election.” The school plans to post the results on its website.
Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati appears committed to teaching its students the importance of civic engagement. Earlier this month students visited the office of Congressman Steve Chabot.
The school is a non-traditional K-12 tuition free public school. Last year it received the state’s second highest ranking and ninety five percent of its students are accepted into college.