To engage more youth in municipal government, Mayor Stehr has announced the creation of the Zionsville Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (ZMYAC), the Town’s first youth advisory council established by ordinance.
During yesterday’s meeting, the Zionsville Town Council unanimously approved the ZMYAC. ZMYAC is comprised of 19 high school students who are residents of Zionsville.
Applications opened late last year and nearly 100 high school students applied. Mary Grabianowski, former Zionsville Community High School government teacher, led the application and selection process.
Due to its start mid-way through the school year, the council will have a shortened term and meet monthly through May. The objective of the newly formed ZMYAC is to encourage civic engagement, learn about municipal government and the development of leadership skills. Participants will share input on town initiatives, attend Town Council meetings and collaborate with Town of Zionsville leadership and staff. Participants will also plan and execute a service project of their choosing.
“It’s exciting to me to see Zionsville’s younger generation become even more active in our town, share their voice and learn how the town works for them,” said Mayor Stehr. “In everything we do, we need to consider how it will impact Zionsville 15 to 20 years down the road. This is our next generation that we hope will continue to live here, to raise their families here and take over as town leaders for decades to come.”
For those interested in participating in ZMYAC, a second term will open for the 2024-2025 school year.
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