WPB Mayor’s Youth Council recognized for volunteer service project inspired by Parkland tragedy
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 20, 2019) –
The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council has been named a winner of a statewide community service contest. The 2019 Municipal Youth Council Community Service Contest, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, showcases community service projects performed by municipal youth councils that successfully address specific needs in their local communities.
The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council was recognized for the “Speak Your Mind” project, which was created by the students for students. The event was inspired by the tragic massacre in Parkland. For the event, the council invited a panel of psychologists, therapists, school administrators and the City’s police chief. Students from schools throughout the city were also invited to participate. The goal of the event was to discuss topics such as mental health and school safety and to create an atmosphere in which students could voice their concerns and have their questions answered.
To watch a video about the winning project, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=avUC_LKHESU.
“Congratulations to the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “We’re incredibly proud of the students’ dedication to raising awareness of the importance of mental health and school safety. This initiative taught the students about a very important issue and that their involvement can effect positive change, a valuable life lesson. With a heart for public service, they are leaders in their schools and our community!”
Contest winners will receive a trophy, be recognized at the League’s Annual Conference, be featured in the League’s statewide publication, Quality Cities (QC) magazine, and have their projects featured on the League’s website and social media accounts.
“Based on what we’ve seen from municipal youth councils throughout Florida, our future lies in good hands,” said Florida League of Cities President and Bartow Mayor Leo E. Longworth. “These students bring energy and innovative ideas to improve our communities. On behalf of elected officials across the state, I congratulate their efforts and look forward to feeling their positive impact for years to come.”
The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council was created in 2014 to develop and mentor future leaders. The Council is comprised of high school students of all ages who meet monthly to learn about government workings and the importance of community service.
Only five youth councils from across the State of Florida were recognized as winners of the Community Service Contest by the Florida League of Cities, a united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. The organization’s goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities. The other winners and their projects are:
- City of Boca Raton Community Advisory Panel Youth Subcommittee – “LEAD Green”
- City of Haines City Youth Advisory Council – “Boys & Girls Club Revitalization”
- City of Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council – “Government Shutdown Relief Project”
- City of West Park Youth Council – “Shoebox for the Homeless”
For information about the City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Youth Council, please contact Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives at (561) 822.1413.