Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner has reportedly proposed creating a youth advisory council, which would be comprised of young city residents, so that councilors can stay abreast of the issues facing young people in Syracuse.
“We as a society do nothing to encourage young people to be involved in the governing of their city,” Kessner stated, according to an article on Syracuse.com. “I was thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if they were learning about the process in a civic sort of way, and we could encourage people to run for school board, or common council, and participate with their ideas?”
According to Kessner, the Council would appoint 11, high-school age members to the advisory council, as well as five alternates, following an application process for the seats.
The Council will likely vote on establishing the council as early as its next meeting, which Kessner said she hopes to have up and running by January, the article said.