Mayor’s Youth Council sworn in

For the first time in many years, Malad City is delighted to welcome a newly formed Youth Council into its fold as an advisory group. The group will provide input to the city council on issues important to young people in the valley, as well as help support and organize city functions in the coming year.

The League of Idaho Cities, a partner organization of the Association of Idaho Cities, has encouraged cities across the state to actively engage their youth through such organizations. “It’s an important way for young people to understand how city and local government works,” said Mayor Joan Hawkins, who led the group’s training. “We need them to be involved in what’s happening in our city, and we also find that young people have a lot of good ideas that wouldn’t necessarily come to mind.

According to Mayor Hawkins, the growth of youth councils across the state has been substantial, with Caldwell cited as a particularly effective example. “By next year, the majority of cities will have their own groups, and we think it will be a good thing to have here,” she said.

For several years, the council has been interested in creating a mechanism to get feedback on city projects from those who are most likely to attend the games, events and concerts that the city often plans. This year is the first time that all the pieces have really come together to start the process. “We’ve had a council in the past, and I think we’re all excited to have one again. I can’t wait to start working with these kids,” Hawkins said.

After spending time talking with the graduating classes of Malad Middle School and the students of Malad High School, Mayor Hawkins recruited a total of eleven students to serve as the first class, including representatives from ninth through twelfth grades. year. Council members must be registered MHS students with at least a C average. Students joining the council must complete four hours of community service per semester, participate in community-wide volunteerism, and attend at least one city ​​council meeting per session.

While the council is in its infancy at the moment, plans for how it could work alongside the city will be more fully in place after the group meets officially for the first time on July 27. The meeting will elect officers, establish bylaws, and determine how it intends to interact with the city council. A tentative idea is to have a Youth Council representative present at city council meetings, which would allow members to see up close the deliberative process used in government meetings and keep members informed on issues relevant to the citizens.

The Youth Council is also likely to be involved in the planning and execution of various activities throughout the year organized by the city, including 4th of July celebrations, various concerts throughout the year , Easter egg hunts and other community events, as well as the ongoing parks and recreation issues.

The list for the first Youth Council includes: Porter Kimberling, Cambree Howe, Katie Marble, Mattilyn Jacobson, Mathilde Dickerson, Aubree Palmer, Tylee Venable, Marinn Brown, Kala Layton, Aubrey Corbett and Adi Schow.

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