By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Mayor’s Youth Council got to work on a host of projects at its first meeting of the 2010-11 school year on Sunday.
About 20 high school students attended the meeting at City Hall, all signing up for various committees, office positions and all working together to create a new mission statement.
Though the group is entering its fourth year, it has, until Sunday, gone without a mission statement.
The new Mayor’s Youth Council mission statement, created at the meeting, reads, “To serve as the voice for the betterment of present and future generations, by making a difference together, uniting our Tupelo forever.”
The group’s slogan will be “Uniting our Tupelo forever.”
The council broke up into groups to write mission statements, and then a representative from each group helped form one statement using parts of each group’s statements – an idea brought to them by council President Morgan Hadley.
“I’m glad we have a new mission statement,” she said. “It actually tells what we’re about.”
Joining the current officers, Vice President Lauren Pugh, Secretary Zierra Long and Treasurer Brennan Fondon, are a new set of officers who signed up on Sunday: Parliamentarian Katie Berry, Assistant Treasurer Lindsey West and Historian Erin Hadley.
The group also heard from advisors and members of the city’s departments, gaining advice and ideas for projects.
“What do we expect of you?” asked councilman Fred Pitts. “The sky’s the limit.”
Sherrie Cochran, city environmental planner and an advisor to the Mayor’s Youth Council, brought several projects to the council’s attention and rallied them to bring their friends to any events they work.
“One person can make a big difference. A whole lot of people can make a huge difference,” she said.
The council also set up a Communications Committee, which will set up a Facebook page for the group.
President Hadley said the nearly two-hours long meeting will serve as a great jumping point for the rest of the year.
“I just want more involvement,” she said. “I want more participation so we can do bigger and better things. You always hope for the best.”