Fourteen high school students from the northwest portion of the city will hold the first official Ward 6 Youth Council Meeting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Centennial Hills Community Center located at 6601 N. Buffalo Drive.
The youth will be reporting on their vision for how they can help improve the community, and will identify their goals and objectives. Representatives from UNLV will also be on hand to help facilitate the meeting.
Ward 6 City Councilman Steven D. Ross formed the youth council late last year. Students were selected from the following high schools: Arbor View, Centennial, Peterson, Shadow Ridge, and the Northwest Career and Technical Academy.
The purpose of the youth council is to get teens more involved in finding solutions to community issues, and to get young people engaged in civic-minded activities. The hope is the students can provide insight into dealing with community problems such as bullying, graffiti and other crimes involving youth. There is also a desire that the students will be more actively engaged in the community, taking part in community events and volunteering.
“Our youth are the key to our future so it is so important that we give them a forum so they can communicate their vision and ideas for how to improve the community,” Councilman Ross said. “We want them to know they have a voice and the ability to affect real change.”