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McDonough forming youth council
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November 26, 2013 02:35 PM | 1196 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McDonough’s future political science majors and potential government employees can get a taste of life as a public servant in the recently approved McDonough Youth Advisory Council.

But the high school students forming the council only have until Dec. 13 to submit their applications.

Started by the McDonough City Council, the new youth-oriented program is for students in grades 10 to 12 who have a McDonough address, according to city spokeswoman Casey Case.

“[The youth council] is a brand new and exciting venture that will engage, encourage, educate and involve students who are accepted into this program,” she said in a statement.

Case said sophomores, juniors and seniors may enjoy “this very positive program” formulated after the highly successful Savannah Youth Council.

“[It] is the first program of its kind in Henry County and will serve to engage the visionary talents of today’s young people who choose to participate,” she said. “It will also broaden their knowledge and prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s leadership.”

City councilwoman Kamali Varner learned about Savannah’s youth council and its success stories some months ago and decided it would be of great benefit to McDonough’s young people.

“This idea has been in the formulating, developing and structuring stages to align it with the needs and expectations of the city of McDonough,” she said in a statement. “The program has reached the point that open enrollment is now being held for students interested in completing and submitting an application.”

Requirements for participation are:

- a McDonough residential address

- at least a 2.5 grade point average

- academic eligibility to participate in sports

and clubs

- ability to think critically and articulate ideas

- cooperative attitude and team spirit

- time to dedicate to the program

- parental permission

- membership application, essay and interview.

“Participants will learn about McDonough and will be provided opportunities to present matters and concerns of the youth during city council meetings and workshops, become active volunteers, participate in community service work and team building activities, set goals, learn effective decision-making, attend events and seminars, and, equally important, have fun as a member of this youth-oriented program,” Varner said.

Youth council sessions will operate on the calendar year from January to December and commitment to the program is for one year.

There are a limited number of available spots to be filled.

Applications must be submitted yearly to be considered.

“Students, for your own future, and that of the city of McDonough, engage yourself and your talents in your city,” Varner said.

Information: (770) 957-3915, www.mcdonoughga.org or tguffie@mcdonough-ga.gov.

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