Catawba County Youth Council
Catawba County Youth Council Seeks New Members – This school-year Catawba County Youth Council will celebrate 10 years of providing an avenue for teens to build leadership and citizenship skills, while learning more about local government and community issues.
Applications are now being accepted for new students to join the Youth Council for the 2017-18 school year. Any interested student in grades 9th -11th is encouraged to apply, but there is a particular need for students from Bandy’s, Maiden, Hickory Career Arts Magnet School, Bunker Hill, and Hickory High due to the lack of student representatives from these schools. Contact Donna Mull, Catawba County Cooperative Extension 4-H agent and Youth Council Advisor, at 828-465-8240 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. The deadline to apply is September 29. Applications are reviewed by a committee of current Youth Council students and adult advisors.
Youth Councils are connected to city and county government around the state with varying missions and formats. The Catawba County Youth Council is an issue-based council with members selecting a focus area each year. During the 2016-17 school-year, the Council focused on careers in local government, which also allowed them to learn about services provided by county government. They worked with Hickory City Youth Council to plan and sponsor a Local Government Career Expo for high school students. For the past three years, the Council has managed the United Way Youth grant allocation process. This has quickly become the favorite project for the teens. This school year the Council is planning to focus on non—profit organizations with the goal of learning how these organizations provide for local needs. Over the past decade, the Council has focused on topics such as Healthy Teens, Environmental Issues, Leadership and more.
Youth Council students also have the chance to attend the Youth Legislative Assembly, NC 4-H Citizenship Focus, and a student from the council attends the NC County Commissioners Association as the county representative.
The Youth Council is offered as a part of the 4-H program in partnership with the United Way and Catawba County Government. The Youth Council is a county government committee with teens being appointed by the Board of Commissioners. NC 4-H offers activities and curriculum focused on citizenship and leadership, so the Youth Council is a complimentary non-traditional part of 4-H.
Picture: Catawba County Youth Council Officers – Newly elected Youth Council officers for the 2017-18 school year are pictured with the outgoing officers from the 2016-17 school year. Pictured are (back, left to right): Kat Stulpin, Catherine Crooks, Carrigan Price, Sophie Pruett, and Carmen Silva. Front: Past President, Darby Yates (right) from St. Stephens, passes the gavel to Jalen Johnson (left), a senior at Discovery High School, who was elected Council President for 2017-18.