The leader of Young AmeriTowne is the Mayor, an elected official that oversees the Towne’s businesses, judicial system, and laws. This job is sometimes thankless, often difficult, and always a chance for a 5thgrader to step into a new role as a leader.
Mayor Kevin led AmeriTowne when his school, Arrowhead Elementary, participated last month. In order to become Mayor, a student must win a primary and general election at school. “It was a close race, but he ended up winning,” said Kevin’s teacher Ms. Padgett. “Kevin is the kind of kid who is friends with everyone.”
Working in the Janus Henderson Investors Towne Hall, Kevin directly oversaw four positions: Judge, Accountant, Community Relations Director, and Police Officers. Plus, he issued business licenses for each shop in Towne and managed the Towne Hall break schedule. “This job is kinda hard,” said Kevin. “If the Police Officers make a mistake, that means we don’t catch someone breaking the law.”
In his role of Mayor, Kevin was most proud of his accomplishments. “I’m working really hard to be a good leader and to be really fair,” he said.
For Kevin, this experience provided real-world experience in leadership, responsibility, and management. It’s not very often that young people have the opportunity to govern and lead such a large group of their peers. Thank you, Janus Henderson Investors, for making this kind of learning possible every day in Young AmeriTowne.