Clermont Youth Council Participates in Statewide Summit
Clermont Youth Council members with Sponsor Tracy Ackroyd Howe, fourth from right, at the Florida League of Cities’ Youth Council Summit on Aug. 17.
All eight of its members participated in the Youth Council Summit at the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) annual conference on Aug. 17 in Orlando.
“We’re proud of our young Champions,” Clermont City Manager Darren Gray said. “They represent our city well while contributing to these larger discussions.”
The City of Clermont was one of about a dozen cities represented with a record number of 117 youth in attendance.
“This high number of participants opened the door up for a wide variety of viewpoints to be shared,” Clermont Youth Council member Luis Mustafa said. “The Clermont Youth Council found ideas for potential future projects and looks forward to further discussion about how to utilize what we learned from this experience.”
Program sponsor and Clermont City Clerk Tracy Ackroyd Howe also participated. She was among 30-plus youth council leaders who met to discuss their programs’ successes and challenges.
“It was an informative session to learn about new programs and ideas for possible inclusion into our youth council, such as setting goals and creating a mission statement,” Howe said.
New FLC President Isaac Salver spoke to the youth council members and leaders about his initiative to educate kids in municipal government. He called upon the youth to mentor others.
FLC Director of Leadership Development and Education Scott Paine’s presentation focused the importance of talking about difficult issues in ways that invite participation from diverse perspectives. Youth groups were then encouraged to hold open space meetings with their peers. The Clermont Youth Council led a discussion on “how code switching has altered our perception of history.”
Clermont Youth Council members participate in the summit in Orlando.