LEWISTON — The 2009-2010 members of the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council were appointed by Mayor Laurent F. Gilbert Sr. at the July 14 City Council meeting. Thirteen youth were appointed this year, with seven returning and six new members.

Members are Hanan Ahmed, Jama Ahmed, Matt Beauparlant, Devin Bergeron, Kevin Costello, Stephanie Costello, Veronica Irish, Holly Lavorgna, Allison Lewandowski, Mackenzi Masselli, Clarissa Smith, Victoria White and Marissa Zanoni.

Now starting its eighth year, the youth council has been an active part of the community since the charter membership first met in September of 2002. The youth council was established by the Lewiston City Council in 2001 to encourage youth civic engagement, to provide youth with an opportunity to experience municipal government and to provide youth with a voice on community and youth areas of interest.

The members will participate in a full day of orientation on Friday, Aug. 14, consisting of presentations by municipal staff, interactive exercises and leadership training. Those serving as advisers to the group will continue to be Lewiston’s Community Relations Coordinator Dottie Perham-Whittier and Director of Recreation Maggie Chisholm. Councilor Denis Theriault serves as city council liaison to the youth council.

For more information, individuals may visit www.ci.lewiston.me.us/lyac or contact members by calling 513-3121, ext. 3205; TTY/TDD 513-3007. 

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