PLEASANT VIEW -- After hearing pleas from a group of youths and an adult willing to be the adviser, the city may continue to have a youth council and may reinstate the $500 that was previously in its budget for the program.
Mary Ann Rushton, the current youth council adviser, is stepping down, and the city council members had decided to discontinue the youth council partly because of what they thought was a lack of interest and local volunteers.
Councilwoman Mae Ferguson said she felt she owed Rushton an apology and said maybe she should have been in touch with her more often.
Ferguson said the pleas from those who want to continue the program sounded positive and should be considered. She also said Rushton had done a good job with the program.
Chris Adams, who is from Pleasant View, said she would be glad to help the youth council program continue, and with her were North Ogden volunteers Amanda Valentine and Janae Snowden, who also wanted to help with the youth council.
Snowden and Valentine both served on the Clinton City Youth Council during their high school years and said it was a wonderful experience with huge benefits for both the young participants and the community.
"A youth council offers more diversity and helps youth come out of their comfort zone to make mature adult decisions," Valentine said.
A youth council can open the eyes of the community to selfless acts and caring for others, she said.
"When they put plans into action, it helps them grow the most," Snowden said. "It pushes them to their limits."
Valentine and Snowden said they had participated in youth council projects, such as a bowlathon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and had raised both money and donations of items from local businesses.
Clinton youth council adviser Julie Davis told Pleasant View officials how important a youth council is and urged the city to continue the program.
She said it does take time to gain the trust of the adults in the community, but it is amazing what a youth council can accomplish.
She said the 18 youth council members in Clinton have completed 2,100 service hours, and the Clinton Youth Council also has involved five elementary schools to help with projects.
Mayor Doug Clifford said the youth council request will be an agenda item in an upcoming council meeting.