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April 10, 2002
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
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Mayor to Form Youth Advisory Committee

Mayor Don Wesely today announced the formation of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee to provide him with input on issues facing young people in the community. The Youth Advisory Committee will consist of two members from each of Lincoln's public and private high schools. The Mayor made the announcement at today's news conference for YouthInspire, a foundation operated by youth for youth, which is funded by a grant from the Lincoln Community Foundation.

"We have many young people who want to be involved in the community, and I am very excited about the potential of this committee," said Mayor Wesely. "Our kids are our greatest asset, and they are also the future leaders of Lincoln. My Youth Advisory Committee will give teens another way to contribute toward the quality of life in Lincoln."

The Youth Advisory Committee will include sophomores, juniors and seniors; be gender balanced; and represent Lincoln's diverse cultures. Mayor Wesely said he will work with members of YouthInspire, a project of Leadership Lincoln, to develop criteria and an application form for membership on the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee. Membership is open to all members of Leadership Lincoln's Youth In Action Center, which currently consists of nearly 300 young people from all of Lincoln's public and private schools.

The deadline for submitting applications will be the end of the 2002 school year. Selection of the members of the committee will take place this summer with the first meeting of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee scheduled for this fall.

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