Nine of the community’s brightest young leaders were sworn in for the 2022-2023 Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council on Monday, August 22, 2022. The new group of teen leaders has been busy this summer promoting the youth leadership program in our community and even as far away as Arkansas.
During the summer months, Joana Mazariegos traveled to the town of Crossett, Arkansas and met with their mayor, Crystal Marshall. Joana shared her experiences with the youth council and some ideas for helping Crossett start her mayor’s youth council. Members also set up a booth at the George Washington Carver Freshman Campus Open House to talk to other young people about youth council and how to get involved in the community. On Saturday, August 13, 2022, an orientation was held for the council at Central Square Gym. The council learned about their roles as a junior council member, the roles of each city department, building teams and planning for the year.
This year, the Mayor’s Youth Council is made up of nine members from GWCF 9e Grade Campus, Coffee High School and Citizens Christian Academy. The members are: Jalene Debro (Jr. Mayor), Joana Mazariegos (Jr. Mayor Pro-Tem), Kiran Reddy (Jr. City Clerk), Brody Grantham (Jr. Commissioner), Jeremiah Bazell (Jr. Commissioner), Jameson Cummings (Junior Commissioner), Jared Davis (Junior Commissioner), Zynia Hunt (Junior Commissioner) and Gabriel Jump (Junior Commissioner).