Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mayor’s Office Now Accepting Applications for Mayor’s Youth Council

The Office of Mayor Greg Ballard is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Mayor’s Youth Council.

The Council consists of students from across Marion County who serve as a voice for Indianapolis Youth in City government. Qualified candidates must demonstrate strong leadership skills, participate in school activities, and be active in his or her community. Candidates may be nominated by their school principal, guidance counselor, school superintendent, teacher, faith leader or community leader.

“The Mayor’s Youth Council serves as a platform to encourage youth to get involved, to volunteer, and to give back to the community,” said Mayor Ballard. “This group is a shining example of what youth have to offer, and I encourage all area youth to take full advantage of this opportunity to leave their mark.”

The Mayor’s Youth Council is an extraordinary opportunity that allows students to engage in a variety of community service projects. It also gives them the opportunity to familiarize and interact with local city leaders. In many ways this council helps instill responsibility and establish life goals for each candidate.

“I am excited to have been afforded the opportunity to work with the Mayor’s Youth Council,” said Executive Director of Neighborhood Programs, Mitzi Hurst. “I am extremely proud of those on the Council who have taken advantage of this unique opportunity to give back and create a better community within their neighborhoods.”

The Mayor’s Youth Council has been involved in a variety of community service projects. Projects from this past year include the 2010 Great Indy Cleanup with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, delivering Christmas bags to needy individuals and families and feeding the homeless at the Compassion Center. If you are interested or would like to nominate a youth for the Mayor’s Youth Council, please visit:

The application deadline is Friday July 30, 2010.

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