The Hickory Youth Council is recruiting new members for the 2017 - 2018 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 allows you to learn about all aspects of city government that you wouldn't otherwise learn," shared Youth Council Chair, Chase Delcharco. "It's also really exciting to be able to work on service projects and give back to the community."
"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 Friday, June 2, 2017.
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.