By John Lee
GLUCKSTADT — Germantown sophomore Julia Lever offered the mayor’s first youth council here Tuesday night.
Lever presented the idea of a Mayor’s Youth Council to the Mayor and the Board of Directors in a successful detailed presentation with budget ideas, who benefits from the council and why the council should exist in the city.
“Mayor’s youth councils are nothing new,” Lever said. “In fact, 400 different cities across the country have these councils, including Mississippi towns such as Madison, Brandon, Crystal Springs and Hattiesburg.”
Lever said a Mayor’s Youth Council, by definition, is a group of civic-minded youth working alongside community leaders to address and promote issues affecting youth in the area.
She said council members would meet regularly with the mayor and the board and learn how local government works and what is involved in the process of growing a young town.
“The youth council members would also play an active role in voicing the concerns and needs of our age group,” Lever said. “We would seek opportunities to serve our community and grow as leaders.”
Lever added that the council would organize community-wide events and raise funds for charities, while serving as ambassadors for the region.
“People would have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the young people in our community,” Lever said. “The program would continue to build affiliation between today’s teens and tomorrow’s leaders.”
“If we can start running, I see us making great strides even in our first year and having events like ‘Gluckstadt City Day,’ where several leaders meet with young people in the region and talk to them about what the mayor’s office done,” she said. “We might even establish a $1,500 Mayor’s Youth Council scholarship for a deserving graduate student.
Lever said the mayor’s youth council would be open to students in grades ninth through twelfth throughout the city of Gluckstadt and would consist of 25 to 30 students, ranging from public school, private school and colleges. homeschooled students.
Mayor Walter Morrison said the Mayor’s Youth Council was a great idea and asked council to vote to endorse and recognize the city council.
The board voted unanimously on the creation, and Lever is expected to meet with Morrison in the coming weeks to discuss plans and finances to present to officials at their next meeting.