Mesa students graduate from Mayor’s Youth Committee
June 6, 2019
By Nearby News Staff
Twenty-one juniors and seniors from Mesa public and chart high schools recently graduated from the 2019 Mayor’s Youth Committee.
The program, which began in September, is made up of an elite group of students nominated by their school principals and counselors to participate in the competitive application process.
Throughout the program, students learn the ins and outs of city government, research and present solutions to real city issues and participate in community events.
“I am very proud of all these students and the leadership role they have taken,” Mayor John Giles said. “They understand the importance of civic participation in governance and are dedicated to giving back to their community.”
The students interact with the mayor, city councilmembers and city departments such as transportation; economic development; solid waste and parks, recreation and community facilities while working on assignments.
This year, MYC was tasked with finding a way to help us reach NextMesa. The teams researched city services and looked for ways to improve them or created a new project, development or initiative complete with timeline, budget and graphics.
The teams presented their ideas to Giles and Councilwoman Jen Duff who then selected the winning team.
The projects ranged from human trafficking and homelessness to financial literacy and a website mapping free activities for teens. The winners pitched a teen financial literacy program called Mesa Moves Up. The team was treated to a Spring Training game at Hohokam Stadium.