LEWISTON – The city of Lewiston is announcing that members are being sought for the 2005-2006 Lewiston Youth Advisory Council.

The purpose of the youth council is to serve as an advisory group to the Lewiston City Council concerning community issues affecting youth. Members also serve 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, as well as undertake service projects that enhance the community. The council was established by the Lewiston City Council in October of 2001.

Most recently, the council has partnered with the Lewiston School Department to undertake an effort to site two electronic community message boards at both entrances of Lewiston High School.

Other endeavors include partnering with the Lewiston Fire Department for “Is Your Number Up,” an informational campaign encouraging residents to properly post house/business numbers to enable quick response by emergency responders; a community awareness/fund-raising campaign that placed the city’s 1891 E. Howard timepiece as a multi-level siting at Lewiston City Hall; and a community-wide noise pollution awareness campaign. In addition, the council has taken positions on various proposed legislation.

To be considered for membership, an individual must be a Lewiston resident and a high school student/home schooled student in grades nine to 12 or at the time of application, an eighth-grade student who will be entering grade nine in the next academic year.

Youth who reside in Lewiston are encouraged to apply, and applications will be made available at Lewiston High School, St. Dominic Regional High School, Lewiston Middle School, the City Administrator’s Office, 27 Pine St., and the Lewiston Recreation and Parks Department, 65 Central Ave. The deadline for application submission is May 13. Current members may re-apply.

A Selection Committee will review applications, conduct group interviews and appoint up to 15 youth for the 2005-2006 service year. The committee will make its selection by the last Friday in June, and selected youth will be notified and appointed during a July Lewiston City Council meeting.

For more information, residents may contact Dottie Perham-Whittier, community relations coordinator, LYAC co-adviser, 784-2951, ext. 110, or Maggie Chisholm, recreation and parks director, LYAC co-adviser, 782-5951.


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