Model NYC Council Project

Model NYC Council Project

Model NYC Council Project
A Unique Public Service Project for College Now Students

In 2002, the City University of New York and City Council leaders developed the Model NYC Council Project as a way to expose high school students to the intricacies of legislative democracy and the realities associated with policymaking and representation in a diverse urban setting at the local level.

College Now students are introduced to a hands-on approach to understanding how political and policy processes affect them and their communities while developing leadership, research, and public-speaking skills. They work closely with faculty from the CUNY Edward Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs Program on a piece of legislative agenda. Alongside the faculty, participating students play a central role in learning what is involved in working within the public sector. At the conclusion of the training sessions, College Now students come together in the City Council Chamber at City Hall to debate and vote on the legislative agenda they have been working on.


  • Be a College Now high school junior or senior
  • Be enrolled in or who has completed at least one College Now course or activity
  • Be able to attend all the Training Sessions and the final event