WESLEY CHAPEL – The group isn’t even a year old yet, but the Wesley Chapel youth council is already gearing up to do big things. But before things can really take off, the village needs to fill five empty seats left by recent grads.
The youth council meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. High school sophomores, juniors and seniors living in Wesley Chapel can join the youth council, whether they attend public, private or home schools. Members get the opportunity to become involved with the community through participation in local government and community events.
“It’s open to anybody that wants to participate in community projects, and who wants to learn about government,” Kim Ormiston, Wesley Chapel mayor pro tem and council liaison for the youth council, said.
The Wesley Chapel village council established a youth council committee in October 2011 after recent Weddington High School grad Haley Bennett proposed creating such a group. The youth council began meeting in January of this year.
So far, the youth council has been primarily working through the ins and outs of getting the program up and running. They’ve written the youth council charter and recently sold hot dogs at Wesley Chapel’s National Night Out as a village fundraiser.
Ormiston said she plans to get the youth council more active in the community now that it’s more fully established. She hopes the youth council can raise funds or secure grants for its members to attend leadership conferences, and that students can work with the village on its two major developments.
“There haven’t been any major projects because they’ve spent time deciding what do, but we’re going to be looking at … how they can be active with the new park and the new town hall,” Ormiston said.
Through the establishment of the youth council, the village council hopes to develop vital skills for the next generation of community leaders. The council also will strive to educate these students about the role of local government and stress the importance of exercising civic duties. For more information, or to submit an application, visit www.wesleychapelnc.com or call the town hall at 704-243-7391.