FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2014
CHARLOTTE, NC — A group of teens dubbed Charlotte’s future leaders met with Mayor Dan Clodfelter Nov. 19 to discuss the city’s Community Investment Plan and other city initiatives, as well as issues impacting youth.
It was the first time members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council (CMYC) had met with Mayor Clodfelter. The CMYC represents a non-partisan program of GenerationNation in partnership with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and CMS.
The youth council engages teens to: serve as an advisory resource for community leaders, learn about local government, community problem-solving and build civic literacy, civic engagement, and civic leadership knowledge, interests, and skills. Clodfelter said he was impressed with youth council members.
“It was a pleasure to speak with the youth council members about the Community Investment Plan and the impact it has on the future of our city,” said Clodfelter. “I'm excited 100 percent of the youth council participants have interacted with public officials, and they have provided over 1,340 service hours to the community.”
The CMYC is designed to give teens the opportunity to meaningfully engage in local policy and decision-making, highlight civic issues of importance to children and youth, and network with youth from schools, neighborhoods, and perspectives across the community.
Executive Director Amy Farrell and the City of Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Services Community Engagement Division have established a strong partnership that accounts for making the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council a success.