CATEGORY: Prentiss County
Youth board to hold orientation meeting
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BOONEVILLE – After attending a youth conference in Jackson, Tom Russell wanted to bring back the concept of doing something for his own community.
After about a year of planning and work, Russell’s plan to develop a youth board in Prentiss County is becoming a reality.
The public is invited to attend an orientation meeting Thursday of what is hoped will be the start of a youth movement that could spread to surrounding communities. City and county officials also have been invited to attend.
The 10-member youth board was selected by school administration officials. Each school is represented by two students. Russell, a junior at Booneville High School, is coordinator.
The youth board will provide a platform for youth to have a voice in city and county government on issues that affect young people, Russell said. In addition to helping improve the community, the board will help develop leadership among young people, Russell said.
“The main thing we want to accomplish is to get youth to voice their opinions,” Russell said.
A common complaint among youth is that there is not much for young people to do for entertainment except cruising the streets, he said. When a crowd of young people gets together with nothing to do, problems often develop, he said.
“We are trying to get something for the youth to do,” he said. “That is our main goal.”
Russell said he hopes young people from other communities in Northeast Mississippi will attend the orientation meeting and take the idea back to their own cities and counties.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Side Community Center. The center is located on North Third Street in Booneville, west of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Keenum Stadium.