Shadowing Program

SPEAK’s shadowing program is a short-term career-exploration experience that enables students to learn more about a possible career they could be interested in, by shadowing someone from our program. Students who have been selected will have the rare opportunity to experience a day in the political arena while following a selected city councilman/woman or a municipal judge. The program is targeted toward 7-12k and is intended as a developmental opportunity. This has been one of our most inspirational program(s) because students have a direct interaction with an elected official that make key decisions during the course of the day regarding our city. 


How long is a job shadow experience?

It can be anywhere from few hours to a half day.


What is the ideal age for students?

Job shadowing is valuable for both middle school and high school students who are interested in learning about different career options. This program provides valuable insight and opportunities to have their questions answered and in some cases job internships.


Job Description for a city council person: is an elected legislative official. The primary responsibility of the position is to make and enforce laws. As a part of a city council, the member votes with a board to pass bills on a wide range of city-related matters. He or she can represent a constituency of voters within a city, as delineated by districts, or the member may have been elected to represent voters at-large.

Job Description for a state representative: is a politician who serves in a state-level legislative branch. These politicians represent local cities or counties and help to form state laws that benefit their constituents. A career as a state representative is often a stepping stone to future positions with the U.S. Congress or other political jobs at the state or federal level.

Job Description Court of Common Pleas judge: is an appointed or elected magistrate who presides over court proceedings. A judge rules on questions of law, acts as a referee between the litigating parties and renders decisions in legal disputes. A judge performs a variety of tasks inside and outside the courtroom. In the courtroom, a judge hears allegations of the prosecuting and defending parties, listens to witness testimony, rules on the admissibility of evidence, informs defendants of their rights, and instructs the jury, questions witnesses and rules on motions presented by counsel. In criminal court, judges determine the guilt or innocence of criminal defendants and impose sentences on defendants found guilty. In civil cases, a judge may determine liability or damages.