News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Mayor Henry invites high school students to apply for Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council
Applications accepted through June 10 for service-learning opportunity
(May 20, 2011) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry invites the city’s high school freshman, sophomores and juniors to apply for the 2011-2012 Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council. The council will consist of up to 25 high school students focused on service learning in investing. The application deadline is June 10.
The council members will continue the work of the 2010-2011 council in identifying ways they can address key community issues through connections and create a personal investment in the future of their hometown. Mayor Henry also values the opportunity to listen to these students who are the future of Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.
“The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council will have intelligent, ambitious students wanting to make a difference in what will be their Fort Wayne in the decades to come,” Mayor Henry said. “I believe that being involved in their hometown will encourage them to take the education and skills that they will gain in high school, college or other post-secondary opportunities and apply them here in Fort Wayne for years to come.”
The Mayor’s council showcases youth as leaders and promotes their active role in Fort Wayne. One highlight of the Youth Council’s first year was hosting Fort Wayne’s Almost Famous, an event that gave nearly 1,000 teens a chance to interact and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne. This free night of entertainment included live bands, dance groups, acoustic performers and other talented teen acts.
Students must be sophomores, juniors or seniors for the 2011-2012 school year. All council members must live within the city and attend public, private or home schools. Mayor Henry wants the council to reflect the diversity of Fort Wayne.
The Mayor will select participants from the applications submitted this year so current members will need to reapply. Students chosen for in-person interviews will be contacted by July 8 with final selections to be made this summer.
The council members will have a 12-month commitment. Meetings, which will be 60 to 90 minutes long, start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 with meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.
“Our city’s future depends on next generation of leaders,” Henry said. “We must provide them with opportunities to be informed and involved so that they will continue to see Fort Wayne as a place where they can continue to be connected throughout their lives.”
The application – which requires student information, short answer, two adult references and parent/guardian permission – is available at www.cityoffortwayne.org/myec.