City Lights July

DeSoto City Lights July, 2017 A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department DeSoto Teens Are Encouraged To Apply Now To Attend The DeSoto Junior Civic Academy Do you know a DeSoto teenager who might be interested in pursuing an internship that  could lead to a career in local government?  Encourage that teen to take the first step   by applying now to join the DeSoto Junior Civic Academy.  The DeSoto Junior Civic  Academy (JCA) is an 11‐week program designed to expose high school juniors and  seniors to the inner‐workings of our local government.    This program is an extension of the Civic Academy that the City has offered for more  than ten years.  It is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to career  opportuniƟes in public administraƟon, economic development, municipal finance and  budgeƟng, library services, public works, parks and recreaƟon, police, fire and EMS and  much more.  Parents are encouraged to aƩend with their teen.   

“I am very excited about kicking off our new Junior Civic Academy,” said DeSoto Mayor,  CurƟstene S. McCowan.  “This unique educaƟonal opportunity will include some unforgeƩable moments for  students whom we expect to become outstanding future leaders in the City of DeSoto and beyond.  I can’t wait to  meet the high school juniors and  seniors selected to become part of our  inaugural JCA Class!” 

CompleƟon of this free program offers  students community service credit  hours and opportuniƟes for  internships in municipal government  that could lead to employment aŌer  high school graduaƟon.  JCA is a great  resume builder and teaches important  interview and job skills.  Apply online  now to aƩend the DeSoto Junior Civic  Academy at

The Junior Civic Academy will run concurrently with our tradiƟonal Civic Academy for adults.  ApplicaƟons are  being accepted for that program as well.  Both the Junior Civic Academy and the tradiƟonal Civic Academy begin  August 17, 2017 and conƟnue every Thursday from 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm for 11 weeks.  Sessions are hosted at  DeSoto City Hall and other City faciliƟes.  Dinner is provided at each session.  If you would like to parƟcipate or  need more informaƟon on the Civic Academy program, please call Nelda Bond at 972.230.9643. 

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