Key changes have been made to the Havasu Youth Advisory Council already this year, but the group’s membership isn’t expected to be decided until November.
The council, which had troubles at times last school year getting a quorum of its 15 member group, will meet during the noon hour on the third Friday of the month at Lake Havasu High School. Its next meeting is set for noon and will conclude at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 19 in room J205.
“Normally, members of the Advisory Council are (in place) by September,” said Councilwoman Crystal Alger, who is an advisor to the group. But the council’s formation is taking a bit longer with a reorganization in the works, she said.
Changing the meeting time and location is one of the biggest changes.
“This year, we’re including it within the high school, during school hours,” Alger said. “(Last year), we had a hard time getting a quorum because of students being involved in extracurricular activities.”
So far, nine students have turned in applications for the Advisory Council seats, and at the Oct. 19 meeting, Alger said more applications would be solicited. Of those nine students, seven are from the high school and two are from Telesis Preparatory Academy, she said.
Another change has come with the Advisory Council meeting being held as part of the student government at Lake Havasu High School. Also, two government teachers and an English teacher from the high school and Telesis are advising the group as well.
The Advisory Council needs 11 members from the high school and four members from Telesis. They could all be selected at the Nov. 16 Advisory Council meeting.
Those who serve on the council are required to complete 12 hours of community service and attend four City Council meetings. That is not changing.
“We’re not trying recreate the wheel,” Alger said. But the changes that have been made are important to make it easier for students to participate in the meetings, she said.
Last year, the meetings were held twice a month on Thursdays at the Aquatic Center.
The more than three-year-old group formed because of Mayor Mark Nexsen’s interest in seeking input from young adults on pressing city issues and projects that will impact the city for many years into the future.
Anyone interested in joining the Advisory Council can get the application from the city website at lhcaz.gov and find it in the forms applications & permits Quick Link on the left.
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