Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council preparing for project in Warsaw

A Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council is meeting in Warsaw Tuesday night.

The group had their first meeting in October of 2017, and have been working to find a place where young people can gather.

“They’re trying to come up with a spot in our community where the kids can just hang out and have a place to go,” Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer tells News Now Warsaw’s IN the Know.

In addition to the Mayor, the Council is made up of adviser/coordinator Mike Joy, sixteen Warsaw Community High School students, one eighth-grader from Lakeview, and one student from Lakeland Christian.

Thallemer is excited to be working with the group of students.

“There’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Councils all over the state in different communities. We had tried one several years ago and decided to change things up a bit, and we’re really happy with the direction we’re headed now,” explains Thallemer. “I think we’ve got a pretty good project lined up.”

Mayor Thallemer says the project itself is still in the works, but we should be hearing more about it soon.

Beyond their work within the city limits, the Council may also have a statewide impact. Thallemer says Youth Advisory Councils from across the state meet in Indianapolis in the spring.

“[They] talk about their projects in their communities, and that’s something new as well,” he says. “We’re actually really excited, we’re looking forward to that.”

The Mayor says the Council is another way to get input from community members.

“It’s a good way for me to vet some of the things we’re doing in the community,” he tells IN the Know. “I like to hear it from individuals that these projects are going to impact.”

Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert helped select students to participate on the Council.

You can hear more from Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer on IN The Know, Friday at 9 a.m. or Saturday & Sunday at 7 a.m. on News Now Warsaw 1480 AM and 99.7 FM.