If this is something that interests you, please take this opportunity to see if you meet Eligibility Requirements. The selection process is competitive, and all student-applicants will participate in at least one interview. There are two openings for the 2018-19 academic year.
What is a Legislative Page?
Baltimore City Council Pages are young men and women who assist the City Council during its sessions. Pages have played an integral role in state and local legislatures for hundreds of years. The Page experience provides youth the unique opportunity to work alongside City Council members, in the midst of legislative action. It offers students an opportunity to see, first‐hand, all of the work that takes place “behind-the‐ scenes” to keep the city running.
The duties of a Page are varied, but will typically include assisting Council and staff members, performing errands during Council meetings, distributing legislative documents, answering phones, and attending committee meetings. Pages will attend and participate fully in an Orientation that will overview expectations, procedures, and responsibilities. Pages will also identify an issue which they will research, and advocate a resolution to the council members.
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 City Council Pages, Artaz Cotton, 12th grader at Green Street Academy, and Fidel Perez, 11th grader from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School.
Artaz can best be described as heart-warming and inspiring. As a young man growing up in West Baltimore, he has had to deal with a life filled with tragedy and trauma. Artaz is the only person in his immediate family to make it to the 12th grade and is on track to graduate high school and attend college. His ambition outweighs the obstacles and challenges which is reflected in his civically engaged life. His involvement in a youth mentoring program, community clean ups, Outward Bound program, and Rosemont Recreational Center is noteworthy.
Fidel can be best described as a driven young man, committed to achieving excellence through his education and real life experiences. Fidel was first introduced to our program through participation in the MSBA Mock Trial Competition followed by acceptance into the 2017 Law Links Summer Internship Program. Fidel says it best- “I live by 3 R’s- Responsibility, Respect and Readiness.” The 3 R’s will continue to inspire him to remain focused and committed toward his goal of working in the legal profession.
We would like to wish Paul Plymouth, Legislative Aid for the Baltimore City Council, a fond farewell. Paul will be transferring his skills and professionalism to the private sector. He was an amazing supervisor, leader, mentor and supporter of the Baltimore City Council Page program. He went above and beyond the call of duty, always putting the Pages' best interests first. He continues to remain in contact with all Pages whom he has supervised, and we are sure he will continue to do so in his new venture.
Get to know the City Council
The City Council is the City’s legislative body, with the power to enact all ordinances and resolutions. City Council members are elected from fourteen districts, and the President is elected at‐large, by all voters of the City. The fifteen City Council members, along with the Mayor, act only by ordinance, resolution or motion. They adopt and may alter the annual budget and confirm the Mayor’s appointments. The City Council determines its own rules of procedure, and its meetings are open to the public.
City Council members are elected every four years. Bernard C. “Jack” Young currently serves as the City Council President. For more information on the City Council, please visit www.baltimorecitycouncil.com. Live in Baltimore City, but don't know who your City Council Representative is? Click here, enter your address, and voila!~ You'll know!