Student leaders report on 2014-15
Student leaders from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, a GenerationNation program in partnership with the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, presented their year-end report to city officials at the June 22 city council meeting and county officials at the September 1 county commission meeting.
New co-presidents Rickey Levon-Burch (Butler High School) and Jason Kerman (North Mecklenburg High School) presented the report. Co-president Hassaanah Kersey (West Meckleburg High School) will join them future reports.
"The youth council educates us as emerging leaders through real-world experiences. We learn how our governments and community work, the key issues, and how citizens and leaders collaborate to solve problems " they said.
"Equally important, the youth council connects community leaders with a ready youth resource for informed, thoughtful feedback that can be used to strengthen policy and decision-making – especially on issues impacting children and youth."
Over 100 high school students from 38 high schools participated in the program
The youth council invested nearly 3,000 hours this year interacting with leaders, exploring community issues, and learning about government, careers, history, and the community’s growth and plans
The youth council narrows learning opportunity gaps through authentic and transformative civics and leadership experiences, with 100% of students interacting with and discussing issues with community leaders, learning about and applying knowledge to solve community issues, learning about and interacting with local government, and meeting and collaborating with youth from other schools and backgrounds
A wide variety of elected officials and community leaders met with youth.
Key issues identified by the youth council for focus this year and next include economic opportunity; student assignment, equity, and educational activities; race relations; and student voice.
Watch the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council's report