Youth leaders sought

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Ferrysburg City Council is looking for students interested in taking on roles in its Youth Advisory Council.

Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg said the program offers students the ability to develop a good resume and show future employers they have experience.

“Who knows what these kids can do in the future,” she said.

Sjoberg said they are looking for students who are critical thinkers, dedicated to public service and willing to commit time for meetings. Applicants must also be Ferrysburg residents and in grades 9-12.

Students on the youth council will sit on committees including the Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Preserve Board, and the city's beautification and recreation commissions. Members will also meet once a month with the mayor or City Council members to discuss issues or certain events.

Sjoberg said they haven’t set a deadline for applications, but she hopes the program will take off in the next month.

One student ready for his service on the council is Grand Haven High School junior Nick Scarpino. The 16-year-old said he wanted to participate because he thinks it will be interesting.

Scarpino currently serves on the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council and will be part of the Kitchel-Lindquist Dunes Preserve Board.

“Just make the dunes a better place,” he said of his goals.

Although Scarpino said he isn’t sure what his future holds, he said the community roles might help guide him.

“This will give me a pretty good idea,” he said.


— Drop off submissions in person at Ferrysburg City Hall, 17290 Roosevelt Road.

— E-mail applications to City Manager Craig Bessinger at cbessinger@ferrysburg.org or Councilwoman Regina Sjoberg at rsjoberg@ferrysburg.org.

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