By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
IUKA – Iuka’s recently established Mayor’s Youth Council, structured to mimic city government, already has begun working on specific projects to learn more about accomplishing goals through local government.
Alderman Joel Robertson, an administrator for the Tishomingo County School District, is spearheading the project.
“I wanted to have an opportunity where our youth could become involved in the community through service activities and projects while learning about our local government,” he said.
The seven-member group includes six high school seniors who will serve as mayor and five aldermen, and a junior who will serve as city clerk, with the role of mayor elected by other members of the council.
The inaugural group of Mayor’s Youth Council includes: Noah Robertson, mayor; Johnathan Murphy, Cecelia Dean, Jaycee Borden, Olivia Malone and Shontaye Henley as aldermen and alderwomen; and Dalton Meador as city clerk.
“These students are great leaders who have already volunteered a tremendous amount of time in placing a great emphasis upon enhancing our great city,” said Mayor John Castleberry.
The students thus far have created guidelines for their program, as well as an application and process for participation; submitted an application for a Healthier Mississippi community grant; and are working on activities to further promote and improve health and safety for Iuka residents.
“Additional ninth- through 12th-grade students from Tishomingo County High School will be added as council committee members through an application process as the development continues to move forward,” Joel Robertson said. “These students will not have to live in the Iuka school zone as the youth council seeks youth who strive to enhance the city of Iuka.”