By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal
The Louisville Mayor’s Youth Council recently held their first ever “mini-retreat” this past Friday and Saturday.
The youth council initiative was created this past March by the efforts of Mayor Will Hill to help the youth understand city politics, as well as providing for opportunities such as scholarships.
“The council is in the process of establishing their own mission & vision with the hope and intent not only some protocol and etiquette training for our young people, but to teach the young people, twofold, about government and community service. So not only are they learning but also they provide a service at the same time,” Hill said.
The officers of the Louisville Mayor’s Youth Council, including City Manager Madelon Taylor, Vice-Mayor Macey Donald, Sergeant at Arms Kirk Sisson, and Clerk of Council Elizabeth Eaves, attended the “mini- retreat”.
The youth council also welcomed officers of the Horn Lake Mayor’s Youth Council and Andrea Freeze, City Administrator of Horn Lake.
“I was excited that he (Mayor Will Hill) had called and told me of this event, and wanted our group to come speak and kind of bring some excitement because this was their first time,” Freeze said.
The first day began with the members of the Louisville Mayor’s Youth Council doing community service by visiting Louisville Health Care and the Winston County Medical Center Nursing Home to entertain the residents there. The members played games with the residents as well as spending time with them.
Up next was a lunch-n-learn session at Lake Tiak O’Khata at noon featuring the Horn Lake Mayor’s Youth Council officers dining with the Louisville group. The lunch allowed for the two groups to share ideas with each other, as well as planning the future of the youth council.
After eating a meal provided by Lake Tiak O’Khata, the group introduced themselves to each other. During the session, many ideas and thoughts were exchanged between the two groups, including ideas on fundraising, community events, and thoughts on ways to improve the council for the betterment of the community.
The next scheduled event for the “mini-retreat” was a fun-filled day at the Winston County Boys & Girls Club. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, the event was postponed until July 27.
On Friday, the officers as well as members of the youth council were awarded with a recreational day at Lake Tiak O’Khata, in which they got the opportunity to enjoy the activities of swimming, water sliding, and enjoying some fun in the sun.
The Louisville Mayor’s Youth Council will be back in action next month as they plan on expanding their reach in the Winston County community. With their dedication, hard work, and support from the local community, the youth council plans to make a difference in the lives of the residents who live here.
The next scheduled meeting of the Mayor’s Youth Council will be in the month of August.