Rapid City Legal and Finance Committee approves of Rapid City Youth City Council during Wednesday meeting
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Legal and Finance Committee have approved establishing a Youth City Council consisting of local students across the city.
Rapid City Youth City Council would consist of 9th-12th grade students. The council would meet once a month to discuss topics affecting kids in the area. One member would be expected to attend Common Council meetings to share information discussed by the youth committee.
The hope is to get kids more involved in government while also increasing community engagement. Council member, Lance Lehmann, will act as a non-voting liaison.
“I think I can learn a lot from the youth,” said Lehmann. “But I hope I can be a mentor to them and get them more involved in local politics and maybe even higher up. I’m hoping to get youth more involved in the political process.”
Youth leaders presented the idea to Mayor Steve Allender back in September. He worked with staff from Rapid City Area Schools to create an official proposal.
Resolution to form the council is now headed to Rapid City Council’s agenda, next Monday. If passed, the Youth City Council will be able to hold their first organization meeting at the beginning of the new year.