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Posted on: December 2, 2019

Mayor's Youth Council

Lake Wales Mayor Eugene Fultz has a passion for community outreach.

So much so, in fact, that he wants local youngsters to have a voice when it comes the city happenings. That's the idea behind the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council that he is presently putting together and should have launched in early 2020.

The idea is to have regular monthly meetings to allow the city's younger population to have input into what they would like Lake Wales to become and have a hands on municipal government experience.

Far from a marginalized group. Fultz will be looking for about 10 local students in grades nine through 11 who want to take an active role in the city.

“They will be investing some time in it. These young people will actually be going to Florida League of Cities meetings, and doing service projects,” Fultz said. “This program is really designed to teach young people what municipal politics is all about.”

The program is run through the Florida League of Cities, with a number of towns and cities already having youth councils in place. Lake Wales will compete with these groups for future honors involving their chosen community projects.

Fultz said its a blank canvass as to what the group might want to discuss and ultimately take action on.

“It's wide open. Even the project they decide to undertake will be discussed by them and the adult leaders and ultimately they will decided what to take on,” the mayor said.

One person already on board to help is Wanda Young, who was recently honored by the city, and is current president of the Lake Wales chapter of the NAACP.

“What I'm about is action for our young people, I”m going to meet with the mayor and encourage him to be vigilant with these young people,“ Howard said.

Last year, a similar group in Haines City won a state honor for their Boys and Girls Club revitalization initiative.

“Based on what we’ve seen from municipal youth councils throughout Florida, our future lies in good hands,” said Florida League of Cities President and Bartow Mayor Leo E. Longworth. “These students bring energy and innovative ideas to improve our communities."

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