Syracuse schools looking for students to provide input in local, state government

The district is looking to form a Youth Advisory Council

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The City of Syracuse and the school district are looking for motivated students interested in government to provide input on local legislative matters.

The city put out a call for those looking to participate in the Youth Advisory Council— a group made up of 11 teens coming from all city council districts who will represent the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of Syracuse youth.

“So this is going to give the kids, our students, the opportunity to have hands on experiences in government. How does it work? Talking about campaigns, talking about issues in the community,” said Jaime Alicea, the interim superintendent of the Syracuse City schools.

The Youth Advisory Council will advise the Syracuse Common Council regarding local legislation and its impact on young people.

Participating youth will have an opportunity to meet firsthand with lawmakers in the city, county, Syracuse school board, state government and federal government. They will also get the opportunity to review legislative proposals and advise lawmakers about issues important to Syracuse youth.

To be eligible, students must be between 14 and 19 years old and live in Syracuse.

An application for the Council is available by clicking here or here.


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