Mayor's Youth Advisory Council is introduced

With the start of each new school year comes the annual appointment of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in the City of Taylor.

Mayor Cameron G. Priebe’s council expanded to 15 members this year due to the increased interest in participating by students at Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy High Schools.

The members were announced during the November 20, 2007, City Council meeting: Gina Arnold, Matt Bailey, Justin Cameron, Stacy DeShano, Macey Devoy, Christopher Hernandez, Kathryn Lipphard, Michelle McIntyre, Troy Pare, Ryan Pykor, Josh Robbins, Amber Sharp, Ryan Smith, Chloe Talley and Lindsey Talley.

The Youth Advisory Council was formed in 2003 to provide constructive input to improve recreation programming for teen-agers.

The group has agreed to start working on youth events geared to teens. The first scheduled event will be a “lock-in” at the Taylor Recreation Center on Goddard Road on January 19, 2008. The details of the event will be decided at the council’s December 13, 2007, meeting. Registration will take place at the Parks and Recreation Department.

In the past, Youth Council members have held other teen events, such as a battle of the bands and several poetry reads. Members have attended the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Youth Symposium the past two years and a Detroit Economic Club event. They have volunteered at many city special events.

The group will meet once a month at a different city building so members can relate to the needs of Taylor teens. They have vowed to create fun and safe things for teens in the community.

Lora Dillingham, recreation program coordinator in the city, has coordinated the Youth Council since its inception. She said she is looking forward to working with the students, saying they appear “very enthusiastic.”

Most members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council pose with Mayor Cameron G. Priebe (back row, right) and Lora Dillingham, recreation program coordinator. In the front row are Troy Pare (front row, left), Amber Sharp, Stacy DeShano and Ryan Smith. In the second row are Michelle McIntyre (left), Kathryn Lipphard, Lindsey Talley and Chloe Talley. In the back row are Ryan Pykor (left), Matt Bailey, Gina Arnold and Macey Devoy. Other members are Christopher Hernandez, Josh Robbins and Justin Cameron.