The Grand Island YWCA is forming a youth council and is looking for ten young women that may be interested in being a part of the group.
The youth council will meet once a month to discuss important issues as well as plan projects that center around cultural understanding. The group will also focus on developing leadership and professional skills.
Amanda Levos, Migrant Services and English LanguageAcquisition coordinator for Grand Island Public Schools and member the YWCA'sCultural Diversity Committee, will be the Adult Leader for the group.
YWCA staff,members of the Cultural Diversity Committee and other community leaders will also beinvolved with the youth council.
The purpose of the group is to add a youth voice to the YWCA. Cultural Understanding DirectorDeb Starkey said, "As we looked back during our 100thanniversary, we noted that the voice of youth has been an important part of thehistory of the YWCA of Grand Island. Youth groups have been missing fromour organization for several years."
Young women will be selected byan application and interview process through the YWCA Cultural UnderstandingCommittee. Once selected, members will form their own board after anorientation and leadership training period and have a variety of opportunitiesto choose from while active with the youth council.
Council members willbe asked to serve of an 18 month term and only ten young women will be selectedto serve. The YWCA would like representatives from all four Grand Island high schools.
Young womenselected to participate will be announced at the Women of Distinction banqueton February 28.