Hickory – The Hickory Youth Council is recruiting new members for the 2016 – 2017 school year. The Hickory Youth Council was established in 2000 by the Hickory City Council to give the city’s youth a voice in city government. All rising 9 – 12 grade high school students, living in the Hickory city limits or extra-territorial jurisdiction, are eligible to apply.

The Youth Council consists of 30 high school students who learn about city operations, participate in community service projects, and advise the City Council about issues and policies that affect the youth of Hickory. The Hickory Youth Council is also a chartered member of the State Youth Council of North Carolina. This organization offers opportunities for leadership training, community service, and networking opportunities for high school students across the state. “I feel that Youth Council is important to learn about city government, as well as the many amenities provided by the city for its citizens,” shared Youth Council Chair, Alanna Church. “It’s also encouraged me to consider moving back to Hickory after I’ve started a family and perhaps pursue a career in government.”

“The students involved in the Hickory Youth Council have a voice in local government. They have the opportunity to meet with and confer with the Hickory City Council on items that affect youth in this area,” said Dave Leonetti, Hickory Youth Council Liaison. “They plan fundraising events, attend seminars and conferences, and they have the opportunity to get to know and work with their peers who may attend other area schools.”

All applications must be received by close of business on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

For more information about the application process or to download an application please visit www.HickoryNC.gov/youthcouncil. Any questions about the application process should be directed to Dave Leonetti, Youth Council Liaison, at (828) 261-2227.