Mayor Goodwin Establishes Charleston Youth Council
Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin announced the establishment of the Charleston Youth Council. The initiative will engage teens in the Capital City and provide them a voice in developing public policy and community development initiatives. Charleston youth, ages 14-18, are encouraged (with parental or guardian consent) to apply at: charlestonwv.gov/youthcouncil by Friday, September 20, 2019.
“Our administration wants young people at the table with us when we are making decisions that impact their future,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “The work of the Charleston Youth Council will concentrate on cultivating robust youth-focused programming throughout all areas of our city. In addition, members will earn community service hours and acquire valuable leadership skills.”
Youth Council members will serve one-term appointments and no more than 2 consecutive terms. Members will be expected to participate in no less than six Charleston City Council meetings and volunteer a minimum of 20 hours which may include City events, roundtable discussions, project planning and Youth Council meetings. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the Mayor and six City Council members – Ben Adams, Mary Beth Hoover, Joseph Jenkins, Adam Knauff, Tiffany Wesley-Plear and Chad Robinson. Selection of the inaugural Youth Council will be announced in early October 2019—with a term to end September 15, 2020. All subsequent terms will run September 15 – September 15.
Funds to help support the Youth Council and its projects will come from the Mayor’s Contingency Fund.