Photo courtesy of city of Chandler

Chandler’s Mayor’s Youth Commission has announced the 2024 Teen Leadership Academy, a spring break initiative designed to immerse local high schoolers in the mechanics of municipal government and underscore the value of civic participation and professional growth. Set to take place on March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Chandler City Hall, the program opens its doors to the first 25 applicants, offering a first-hand look at the inner workings of Arizona’s fourth-largest city.

The Teen Leadership Academy is a dynamic, one-day event facilitated by the city’s Mayor’s Youth Commission. It aims to foster a deep understanding of local government operations, highlighting the significance of civic engagement and professional development among teenagers. Participants will have the rare opportunity to engage directly with city elected officials, managers, and staff, participating in activities designed to provide insight into how the city functions.

The program targets Chandler residents currently enrolled in high school, or a similar level home-school program. Eligible students must have their own transportation to and from city hall, located at 175 S. Arizona Ave., and demonstrate a strong work ethic along with a keen interest in learning about their city.

The academy seeks motivated individuals who are eager to expand their horizons and connect with their community. With space limited to the first 25 participants, interested students are encouraged to apply early to secure their spot in this enriching program.

The initiative not only promises to enlighten participants on the importance of their role in local governance but also to bridge connections within the teen community, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual understanding.

For more information or to apply, students and parents can reach out to Alexis Apodaca at 480-782-2222, or visit