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DULUTH - The students of Duluth Youth in Government are putting together an ordinance proposal to start a youth city council.
The idea comes from a program that brings together thousands of high school students to the capitol one weekend a year and puts on a mock legislative session.
This year Duluth sent 24 students to the session.
The idea is for students to get involved with government at a younger age and at the local level.
The proposed ordinance would allow the YCC to operate alongside the council.
Sydney Nelson is a student at East High School and is also the Vice President of the Duluth Youth in Government program.
She is the one spearheading the local council proposal.
“By having a youth city council, it’s encouraging kids to give back later on in life,” Nelson explains.
Nelson also sees it as a launching pad for future career choices.
She dreams to be Secretary of State for the United States Government.
As of now, the students are looking at having a nine member council with five district positions and four at-large positions.
They will also have a student recorder at every meeting.
This format is similar to the way the Duluth City Council currently runs.
The youth council will have their own meeting time and agenda, but will weigh in on large city issues.
“I don’t think the youth council will weigh in on every issue, but certainly those issues that affect young people,” Mayor Don Ness explains. “We should be intentional about reaching out to them and asking their opinion.”
The students will meet to go over their final ordinance proposal at 4:00 p.m. Monday Aug. 5 at the city hall parks and conference room.
The meeting is open to all Duluth youth that are interested in being involved in the youth council.