GRAND RAPIDS — The Office of Children, Youth and Families is looking for 15 enthusiastic students to serve on the 2003-2004 Mayor’s Youth Council.
Applications will be available on Sept. 15 and students interested must be entering ninth or 10th grade, be a Grand Rapids resident and be able to commit to one school year.
The Mayor’s Youth Council is organized to actively involve youth in city policy and practice on issues of importance to teens as well as to broaden the scope of youth leadership in city affairs. The council meets monthly with the mayor and city commissioners to coordinate community projects and youth forums.
During their time involved, students plan and facilitate community service projects, youth and public forums, and attend a leadership retreat and city government-related conferences. As a result of their participation, members of the council gain valuable skills that help them become better-informed citizens, team players and community leaders.
“I joined the Mayors Youth Council to learn more about city government and to make new friends. If a 9th or 10th grader is interested in joining, their voice will be heard and they will have a say in issues that affect other youth in Grand Rapids,” said Megan Threats, Creston High School sophomore and 2002-2003 council member.
Applications are available at Grand Rapids City Hall, Grand Rapids public library branches, by calling the Office of Children, Youth and Families at 456-3558 or by printing an application at www.grand.rapids.mi.us/ download_upload/ocyf_myapplicaion.pdf.
All applications are due by Sept. 15 to the Office of Children, Youth and Families at 300 Monroe, Room 480. For more information, call the Office of Children, Youth and Families.