WATERLOO, Iowa – Some younger voices will now be heard in one Iowa community.
At last night’s Waterloo city council meeting, the room was packed with excited parents and students.
Mayor Hart and Carol Luce, the service learning & leadership coordinator at Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, introduced the new Youth City Council.
This new council consists of high school students from ever school in Waterloo. The students also represent every Ward in the city.
The students had to apply and be interviewed before they were chosen for this opportunity.
Last night, Mayor Hart told the students, “You are all leaders. We have high expectations for you. We’ve got your back. We support you.”
KWWL asked some of the students on this new council what they hope to change in their community.
Dylan Mack focused on mental health within the Waterloo School District, saying. “I want to work with the local government to address mental health issues from the perspective of students within the school system. I think we’ve seen what can happen when there’s a lack of resources.”
Meanwhile Edina Kuduzovic said, “I think being able to get youth inside of our local businesses would help not only businesses that are struggling, but also help get youth on their feet.”
The Youth City Council will be working closely with current council members. Each student will work closely with the council member that represents his or her ward.
Next, the students will be learning more about Robert’s Rules of Order.
Several teachers and staff in the community have worked hard to organize this. We’re told there are only four ‘Youth City Councils’ in Iowa. Waterloo will now be the 5th.