The Academy For Public Service is Arkansas' only civic and education model government organization. Founded in 2021, our mission is to equip students with the skills necessary for success in the future. Through our unique program, we provide a hands-on approach to learning. Each student is given the opportunity to explore their interests in a supportive and competitive environment.
High school students can serve as members of the student state House of Representatives. College students can serve in the House or the Senate. The Senate is made up of educators, college students, and nonprofit workers. Constitutional officers are made up of college students. Anyone can argue a court case. Model county and city government programs are designed for high school students, however, there are some opportunities for college students as well.
Terms of office start June 1st and end May 31st. Depending on the level of model government you serve will determine requirements and level of commitment. City and county model governments will meet once a month, while state model governments will meet once a year for five days in mid-June. However, everyone will be required to conduct a public service project and to get to know the people and issues in the communities and areas they serve.
The Academy for Public Service was created to create a new class of leaders that are focused on solving problems. Having political parties is not allowed. It was created to teach civic engagement, public service leadership, ethics in public service, and to teach people how to maintain our democracy.
The headquarters of the Academy for Public Service is in Magnolia, AR. However, each state will have its own Academy for Public Service under the national Academy for Public Service. Arkansas's session will be June 10th-14th in Little Rock. Texas's session will be June 17th-June 21st in Austin.
The best way to join the Academy for Public Service is to fill out the form online and/or email Romerse Biddle at email@example.com. You can also talk to current members of the Academy for Public Service who can be found on Our People.