LEWISTON — The city of Lewiston is seeking members for the 2019-20 Lewiston Youth Advisory Council year of service, which will run for one year beginning in July.
Applications may be submitted online at www.lewistonmaine.gov/lyacapplication19, and the deadline for submission is May 17. Copies of the application can also be printed from the web link and mailed to Lewiston City Administrator, 27 Pine St., Lewiston, ME 04240.
To be considered for membership on the LYAC, an applicant must be in grade 9-12 (or will be in the fall) at either Lewiston High School or St. Dominic Academy or a Lewiston resident at the time of application. Homeschooled students residing in Lewiston are also welcome to apply for membership. Current members may also re-apply for another year of service.
The Council was first established by the Lewiston City Council in October of 2001 and has since received local, state, and national recognition. The LYAC enables youth to work toward goals to empower youth community-wide, as well as undertakes service projects enhancing the community. The youth council also serves as a liaison between the youth of the community and the City.
The current group has been running a “Shine on Lewiston” multi-aspect promotional series focusing on Lewiston’s positives and is also shining a light on the impacts of bullying through their “Bullyproof Lewiston” campaign titled “HUMANKIND = KIND HUMANS.” Most recently, members have been placing uplifting message Post-it notes on 1,400 lockers at Lewiston High School in an effort to promote kindness and encouragement.
For more information about the council and previous and ongoing projects, visit www.lewistonmaine.gov/154/Youth-Advisory-Council or www.lewistonmaine.gov/lyac
When applications for the 2019-2020 year are received, a selection committee will review all submitted LYAC applications, conduct interviews and appoint up to 15 youth. The committee will make its selection by the last Friday in June, and selected youth will be subsequently notified and then officially appointed during a July 2019 Lewiston City Council meeting. Orientation will occur in August 2019.
For more information on the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council, interested individuals may visit www.lewistonmaine.gov/lyac.