LEWISTON – Members of the 2004-05 Lewiston Youth Advisory Council were appointed by Mayor Lionel C. Guay Jr. at the July 20 City Council meeting. Councilor Norm Rousseau was also reappointed as the City Council’s representative on the youth council.

The youth were selected following an application/interview process and will serve a one-year term. The membership represents five returning members and five new members.

Members are Katie Lauze, Hossain Naji, Sarah Peters, Ashley Morgan, Jenni Golletti, Rachel Spilecki, Ally Beaucage, Ryan Reed, Jonathan Isacco and Kelin Sevit.

Their mission is to serve as an advisory council to the Lewiston City Council concerning community issues affecting youth and serving as a liaison between the youth of the community and the city. The council also enables youth to work toward goals that empower all of the community’s youth and to undertake service projects that enhance the community.

The youth council was adopted as a program by the Lewiston City Council in October of 2001, and its charter membership assumed their duties in July of 2002.

Since 2002, the council has undertaken such projects as a noise pollution awareness campaign, in partnership with Councilor Norm Rousseau raised more than $25,000 for the multi-level siting of the city’s E. Howard 1891 clock at Lewiston City Hall, and most recently partnered with the Lewiston Fire Department for a house/business number posting awareness campaign for emergency responders titled “Is Your Number Up?”

The council has also undertaken a beautification effort at Railroad Park, represented the city at a National League of Cities conference, assisted with a Rebuilding Together housing project, participated in a Communities for Children and Youth “Reasons for Hope” conference and has commented on various pieces of legislation.

Co-advisers for the council are Community Relations Coordinator Dottie Perham-Whittier and Recreation and Parks Director Maggie Chisholm.

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