Valdosta Youth Council
The mission of the City of Valdosta Youth Council (VYC) is for youth to build leadership skills and learn about civic responsibility, to gain a better understanding of municipal government, and to prepare youth for a lifetime of public and community service.
Meetings are held once or twice a month during the school year at the Valdosta City Hall, located at 216 E. Central Avenue unless otherwise specified. The day and time of all meetings will be posted in accordance with the Georgia Open Meetings Law. The VYC will not officially meet during the summer months.
Code of Conduct
- Be prompt and present at all meetings and dress appropriately.
- Be respectful in the treatment of and the interaction with other people.
- Be mindful of safety issues to ensure that everyone stays safe from harm and injury.
- Be courteous and do not talk on the cell phone during meetings (mute cell phone).
- Be aware of inappropriate behavior and stay out of trouble at home and at school.
To apply for the 2018-2019 Valdosta Youth Council, please complete the VYC Application and return to Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at P. O. Box 1125, Valdosta, GA 31603-1125 or send via E-mail - tbolden@ valdostacity.com.
2017-2018 Program Year
VYC Kicks Off New Program Year (Video)
Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, VYC members embraced their mission and accomplished the following:
- Gained an understanding and appreciation of municipal government by meeting monthly with a variety of City and local leaders including: the Neighborhood Development Manager, the Planning & Zoning Administrator, the Southern Marketing Coordinator for the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture, Officer Carla Jones and her new Therapy Dog "Hope", the Police Chief, the Stormwater Manager, the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, the City Marshal and the Public Works Supervisor.
- Participated in the City of Valdosta's second annual Dumpster Art Project that transformed City trash dumpsters in the downtown area into pieces of public art.
- Traveled to Atlanta to visit the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol, and the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture where the youth learned about State government and interacted with State leadership.
- Hosted a Leadership Development Training in January 2018 where VYC members identified leadership traits in themselves, as well as in others.
- Coordinated the 2018 "If I Were Mayor" Essay Contest for 6th grade students.
- Collectively completed more than 100 hours of community service (a minimum of eight hours each).
- Participated in the Valdosta Christmas Tree Lighting, the Electronics Recycling event, and other City-sponsored events.
- Produced two VYC Meetings that were shown on the City's Metro 17 with the assistance of Media Coordinator Marcus McConico to discuss issues being addressed each month at VYC meetings and ran 16 VYC stories during the year on City Focus.
- Continued a growing presence on the VYC Facebook page for local youth to follow the work of the VYC, to be informed on youth issues, and to discover ways to be engaged in their local government.
- Completed two organized cleanups of their adopted .6 mile portion of North Lee Street resulting in 15, thirty-gallon bags of trash removed from this City street.
- Documented their third year of VYC activities in a hard-bound scrapbook that will be passed on each year to the succeeding VYC.
2017-2018 Youth Council Members
Juan Angel, 8th grade, VMS
Joseph Butters, 7th grade, Classical Conversations
Ella Dampier, 8th grade, St. John
Emily Dinkins, 7th grade, St. John
Will Gerber, 8th grade, St. John
Daniel Holcombe, 8th grade, St. John
Dalemetrius Huff, 9th grade, VHS
Paris Jackson, 8th grade, J.L. Newbern
Nikerria Jones, 8th grade, J.L. Newbern
Kaightlyn Jowers, 8th grade, VMS
Isabel Kassum, 8th grade, St. John
Erin Kelly, 9th grade, VHS
Cristalynn Lee, 8th grade, J.L. Newbern
Abbi Long, 9th grade, VHS
Sean Manning, 9th grade, VHS
Nevin Miller, 8th grade, St. John
Catriona Moore, 7th grade, St. John
Clancy Claire Perry, 9th grade, Valwood
Zandayja Rollins, 9th grade, VHS
Toni Salami, 8th grade, VMS
Shadasia Solomon, 7th grade, J.L. Newbern
Kiara Thomas, 8th grade, VMS
Zachary Williams, 8th grade, VMS
VYC Advisory Board
The VYC is guided by a VYC Advisory Board appointed by Mayor John Gayle, who serves as the head of the board. The 2017-2018 VYC Advisory Board members are:
- Ashlyn Becton, Valdosta Public Information Officer
- Teresa Bolden, Valdosta City Clerk
- Marcus McConico, Valdosta Channel 17 Coordinator
- Councilwoman Vivian Miller-Cody, District 1
- Laurie Wallace, Guidance Counselor, St. John Catholic School
- James White, Assistant Principal, J.L. Newbern Middle School
For more information, contact City Clerk Teresa Bolden at 229-259-3503 or the Public Information Office at 229-259-3548.