After a rather extraordinary teleconference Tuesday June 2, during which young black leaders and advocates spoke on the struggle with racism in Anne Arundel County County and made strong proposals for alleviating it, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced youth will have opportunity to recommend county policy through a new advisory council.
The plan for the council was developed by the county's Director of Community Engagement and Constituent Services and three student interns last fall.
The county is asking all interested county residents between the ages of 14 and 22 to apply.
The idea for the council was based on a similar council in which the Director of Community Engagement and Constituent Services (CECS) participated during high school. The plan for the new council was developed by three CECS student interns last fall who presented their proposal formally to the County Executive.
“Young people are the future, and the future matters. Across the world and right here in Anne Arundel County, they are leading the fights against climate change, gun violence, and systemic racism,” said County Executive Pittman.
“Earlier this week, young African-American leaders in our county generated over 300 thoughtful, passionate emails requesting funding for police body cameras in the county budget. On Monday night I hosted a virtual town hall with those leaders that left over 13,000 viewers with a sense of hope in a dark time. That is the kind of leadership we need in our county and on our Youth Advisory Council.”
The group will advise the County Executive on policy matters impacting youth in Anne Arundel County, while learning about local government and developing valuable leadership and advocacy skills.
Learn more about the Youth Advisory Council by visiting www.aacounty.org/youth-advisory Please submit your application and supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2020. --Compiled from AAC Press Release