On May 14th Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington kicked off his annual So, Now You’re 18 program for area high school seniors. This year, Arrington’s program kicked off at Council High School, and included multiple topics ranging from financial responsibility to potential legal issues facing adults.
Arrington began working on this program in 2012, the same year that he took office. When asked about creating the program Arrington stated “I am very proud to be the first Commonwealth’s Attorney in Buchanan County to create any type of community awareness program, but more importantly, one geared toward our youth. Turning 18 is a huge milestone in a young adult’s life. While turning 18 is something to celebrate, adulthood brings tremendous responsibility with it. I want to encourage our young adults to be active and responsible members of the community.”
The program focuses on many facets of life as an adult, not just the legal aspects. Arrington explains the financial responsibilities that they will face, and the importance of understanding how these decisions can affect their lives. He also encourages the group to become registered voters and become informed about politics so that they can have a say in the political process. He always tells them “it doesn’t matter how you vote, or who you vote for, just get out there and vote and be part of the process.” The program also enlightens the group on the legal system and explains that they are no longer juveniles and what they do today can follow them for the rest of their lives.
Arrington presented at Grundy High School on Tuesday and will present at Hurley High School and Twin Valley High School later this week.