BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Arvin's youngest city councilmember will spend the weekend meeting with other young elected officials in Washington, D.C.
Jose Gurrola, 19, is attending the 8th annual convening of People For the American Way Foundation's Young Elected Officials Network. Gurrola will meet with representatives from progressive organizations and national policy leaders from July 25th to July 28th.
Gurrola will also explore policy initiatives, participate in issue-based training sessions, and share ideas with nearly 200 other young elected officials from across the country.
"I'm excited to gain new skills, learn from the experiences of other young elected officials, and take full advantage of the educational opportunity so I can better equip myself to solve the tough challenges that Arvin faces," said Gurrola.
The recent Arvin High School graduate was elected to the Arvin City Council in 2012 and is a member of the Young Elected Officials.
The theme of this year's convening is "Accelerating The Speed Of Progress." It will cover a wide array of policy topics, including education, environmental sustainability, and community empowerment.