The South Bend Common Council (SBCC) is rebooting its Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
The YAC was first created in the early 2000s, but was eventually stopped. Now in collaboration with the Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC), it’s getting a fresh start.
The YAC introduces its members to government and community involvement. It also allows its members to have some legislative power, so kids can work on solutions with the common council.
A $10,000 grant was awarded to the NRC and matched by the city, making the revival possible, according to ABC 57.
SBCC Vice President Karen White tells ABC 57 the goal of the new YAC is to “create strong, young leaders who can effectively organize grassroots change.”
Nine teenagers will be selected to join the YAC, with one from each council district.
To be eligible, applicants must live within South Bend city limits and be in 9th-12th grade.
Applications are open now through Friday, Sept. 20. To apply, click here.