Valdosta Youth Council

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A trip to the Georgia State Capitol, February 2018.

Mission

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.

2017-2018 Program Year Begins


VYC Kicks Off New Program Year (Video)

Valdosta Youth Council ByLaws (PDF)

Meetings

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. 

VYC Application

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.

Council Initiatives

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.

View 2016-2017 Council Accomplishments

Induction of officers, September 2016.

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.

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:

  • Teresa Bolden, Valdosta City Clerk
  • Laurie Wallace, Guidance Counselor, St. John Catholic School
  • Sementha Mathews, former Valdosta Public Information Officer
  • Marcus McConico, Valdosta Channel 17 Coordinator
  • James White, Assistant Principal, J.L. Newbern Middle School

Contact

For more information, contact City Clerk Teresa Bolden at 229-259-3503 or the Public Information Office at 229-259-3548