Memphis Youth City Council Introduced

localmemphis.com - There are going to be a lot of young politicians running around Memphis this summer.

Some of them not old enough to vote for themselves.
    
They are members of the first Memphis Youth City Council and they were introduced this morning at City Hall.

When you hear about the bad news. When you hear about youth crime. Often what is overlooked is the good news. The young folks who are trying to make a difference.


"The youth city council will make Memphis an even more significant place for younger citizens to be part of this great city," Memphis mayor Jim Strickland said.

Strickland gave them their first lesson on how not to deliver a speech.

He is not known for driving a crowd to a frenzy with his words.

"We are really trying to engage the young people who are in the high schools, what their solutions could be. Not only on crime, but other issues," Strickland said.

That is lesson number two. Makes no difference how you say you are going to do something. They key is to just do it.

Especially when it comes to crime, because it is something that Youth City Council member Lizbeth Lopez said will be discussed.

"We're going to get together to talk about problems in the youth system. Mostly those who keep getting in trouble," Lopez said.

This is where lesson number three comes into play

These are good kids. Lopez is an 11th grade student at Memphis Catholic High, for example.

She takes this job seriously.

She knows there is a problem with juvenile crime. The mayor knows it, too.

“We're really cracking down on gang activity. And I think over the long run we will see a difference," Strickland said.

What they learned was they will be the ones making a difference in a few years.

That was lesson number four.

Their group will meet all summer and they will not0 pattern their behavior after what they see on TV with the city council or the county commission.

They will do their own thing and reach their own conclusions.


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