Mayor, Council Members Host Inaugural Session of Louisville Metro Youth Leaders Program
Thursday February 23, 2006
KY YMCA program to help high school students learn about their hometown’s government
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Metro Council Members David Tandy, Kevin Kramer and Stuart Benson today hosted the inaugural session of a new initiative with the KY YMCA-Youth Association that will give public and private high school students the opportunity to learn more about how Louisville Metro Government functions.
The Louisville Metro Youth Leaders program, an extension of the KY YMCA, will include three sessions throughout the winter and early spring. Its mission is to educate teens on the issues facing Louisville Metro through interaction with community and business leaders.
The first session, held this evening at Louisville Metro Hall, provided the participants with an overview of the program and an opportunity to meet elected officials. The second session will be held on March 29. At that session, participants will meet with the mayor’s cabinet secretaries and develop an understanding of individual departments. The final session will be held on April 15th and will offer participants the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and ideas, as well as develop a "Youth Agenda" for Louisville Metro that will be presented to the mayor and Metro Council.
"The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow," Abramson said. "This program will engage young people and help instill the value of civic involvement and taking an active role in our hometown."
"The KY YMCA youth-in-government program had a huge impact on my life. It helped me develop an appreciation for public service and civic literacy." Tandy said. "Now, it’s time to give back and this program is the perfect way to do just that."
The program is offered to juniors at all Jefferson County public and private high schools. Students interested in applying for next year’s program can contact the KY-YMCA at 1-800-860-7293 or visit www.kyymca.org for more information.