News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Mayor invites city teens to join Youth Council
Applications Available Now for Award-Winning Council
(June 22, 2012) – Fort Wayne high school students are invited to join Mayor Tom Henry’s award-winning Youth Engagement Council. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 29, to accommodate busy end-of-the-school-year and summer schedules.
Applications are available at www.cityoffortwayne.org/myec, and may be faxed to (260) 427-1115 or mailed to Mayor’s Office, 200 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.
This award-winning group gives students insight into municipal government and civic involvement. In recent years, the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council initiated, organized and hosted “Fort Wayne’s Almost Famous,” an event that draws hundreds downtown and showcases youth talent. Last year’s council won the Youth Volunteer of the Year award, given by the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana. They also were involved in other community events including, RiverFest, Great American Cleanup, college fairs and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Day.
“We all should be committed to our young people and want our city to be a place where young talent can blossom,” Mayor Henry said. “Engaging them in local government and public service is one way we can do that.”
Applicants must be city residents entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in public, private or home schools. Students selected for in-person interviews will be contacted by July 16.
Youth council members are selected based on the strength of their application, which includes short answer questions and requires two references. Final selections will be made this summer.
Youth council members will be asked to make a 12-month commitment. Monthly meetings start in August.