19 teens selected to serve on Gonzales Youth Council

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The city of Gonzales has announced the 19 teens who will serve on the 2022-23 Gonzales Youth Council.The selected teenagers span from the ninth grade to 12th grade and want to continue focusing on mental health as their service action project and also begin a new project involving pedestrian traffic safety. The 19 members are Odalis Garcia, Joziah Uribe-Lopez, Anixia Davila, Betsy Preciado, Gabriel Rosas, Ernesto Santos, Alejandra Pinon Ruiz, Emily Mendez, Lizbeth de Leon – Santos, Vianney Martinez-Valdez, Edgar Teodoro-Saavedra, Angela Madrigal, Judith Valeria Zarate and Valeria Cardenas Pacheco. The GYC program was created in 2013 to give a greater voice to youth and to provide a structure in which teenagers can actively participate in the community and its institutions. Youth Commissioners attend city council and school board meetings on behalf of the GYC and make presentations. The GYC program provides youth civic engagement opportunities, leadership training, and a sustainable/long-term learning environment by connecting youth directly with elected and executive officials throughout the city. Service action projects the GYC was involved in include testifying before the City Council on proposals for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing within the city limits, the development of a social host ordinance to restrict teen consumption of alcohol that was ultimately approved by the city council in 2017, and most recently their service action project focused on mental health resources for youth in the community.

The city of Gonzales has announced the 19 teens who will serve on the 2022-23 Gonzales Youth Council.

The selected teenagers span from the ninth grade to 12th grade and want to continue focusing on mental health as their service action project and also begin a new project involving pedestrian traffic safety.

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The 19 members are Odalis Garcia, Joziah Uribe-Lopez, Anixia Davila, Betsy Preciado, Gabriel Rosas, Ernesto Santos, Alejandra Pinon Ruiz, Emily Mendez, Lizbeth de Leon – Santos, Vianney Martinez-Valdez, Edgar Teodoro-Saavedra, Angela Madrigal, Judith Valeria Zarate and Valeria Cardenas Pacheco.

The GYC program was created in 2013 to give a greater voice to youth and to provide a structure in which teenagers can actively participate in the community and its institutions.

Youth Commissioners attend city council and school board meetings on behalf of the GYC and make presentations.

The GYC program provides youth civic engagement opportunities, leadership training, and a sustainable/long-term learning environment by connecting youth directly with elected and executive officials throughout the city.

Service action projects the GYC was involved in include testifying before the City Council on proposals for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing within the city limits, the development of a social host ordinance to restrict teen consumption of alcohol that was ultimately approved by the city council in 2017, and most recently their service action project focused on mental health resources for youth in the community.

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