The city of New Braunfels launched a Youth City University, a pilot program for local high school students that will operate simultaneously with the City University program for adult residents.

The details

The pilot program will give students an “up-close” look at how city services are provided through demonstrations, presentations and tours, according to a news release.

To be considered for Youth City University, applicants must be enrolled in ninth through 12th grade at a public, private or home school. Participants will also meet separately to create a presentation that will be provided to the City Council. The presentation will highlight their experiences and observations, according to a news release.

Youth City University classes will be held weekly on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. starting March 21. The program will end May 2, and there will be a graduation ceremony May 13.

Quote of note

Assistant City Manager Jared Werner emphasized that it was a great opportunity for local high school students to learn about their local government and get involved.

“The city is always looking for ways to engage with residents, and we don’t want to overlook our youth population who will one day be the leaders of this community,” Werner said in a news release.

One more thing

The deadline to apply is Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. Students interested in applying can visit