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Mayor Tom Henry seeks area high school students for youth council

August 22nd, 2016

By WANE Staff Reports | WAYNE.com

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Mayor Tom Henry is seeking applicants for his Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for the 2016-17 school year.

The Council’s vision is to be a service learning group compromised of youth members, will provide a voice for the youth of Fort Wayne to local government, according to a press release. The Council hopes to accomplish the youth members can accomplish this by engaging their peers, creating innovative solutions, and working projects, according to a press release.

The program also includes panel discussions, guest speakers, and the opportunity to be involved in a special event, according to the press release. The special event the last two years has been Riverpalooza’s Dragon Boat Race.

The Mayor’s Office Public Information Director, John Perlich said Mayor Henry wanted to provide young people with an opportunity to get involved with the community and make a difference.

“[Mayor Henry] believes it’s very important to get feedback from young people as we work toward continuing to move Fort Wayne in the right direction,” Perlich said in an email.

An applicant must be a city resident and enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior for the 2016-17 school year, according to the press release.

Upon completing the online application form on the website, finalists must take part in an in-person interview in September. Council members must commit to one-year of service.

Applications will be accepted through September 6 and are available at City Of Fort Wayne and can be turned into the Mayor’s Office.