Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council highlighted at workshop
For the Rapids City Times
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has recognized the Wisconsin Rapids Mayor’s Youth Council as a unique force that engages young people and inspires solutions that enhance a community’s quality of life.
Wisconsin Rapids Mayor Zach Vruwink, who formed the Youth Council in 2014, detailed its history and activities during the League’s 2018 Chief Executives Workshop, held August 16-17. Almost 100 Wisconsin city and village chief executives gathered to share ideas and tactics that lead to positive outcomes.
During a panel discussion, Mayor Vruwink cited the Youth Council’s role in: fund-raising for city projects such as the proposed Aquatic Park at Witter Field, youth-led design of the splash pad at Mead Field, and the annual Fourth of July fireworks show; taking the lead in developing recreational events and proposals such as Kids to Parks Day and the Municipal Zoo Master Plan; and pitching in on neighborhood beautification programs such as community cleanups and tree plantings. Informational videos featuring Youth Council members describing their efforts accompanied the mayor’s presentation.
“It was my honor to bring the valuable work of the Mayor’s Youth Council to the attention of my fellow chief executives,” said Mayor Vruwink. “As one of just a bare handful of such formally organized groups in the entire state, our Youth Council garnered a lot of admiration as a model for tapping the intelligence and enthusiasm of future community leaders.”
The Mayor’s Youth Council gives local high school students a space in which they actively contribute to policy, service, and recreation Initiatives. Guided by a Youth Council Advisory Team and chaired by the mayor, the Youth Council reports to the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council. The Youth Council presents its recommendations and findings to the council committees and the public, administers surveys, and produces content for broadcast and online media.
Wisconsin Rapids high school students are eligible to apply for membership. For more information, visit www.wirapids.org/mayors-youth-council.