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Cottonwood Heights Journal

Youth City Council Eager to Serve Community

Aug 06, 2015 09:04AM ● By Bryan Scott

Youth City Council

By Rachel Hall

A person of any age can make a difference in the community. High school students on the Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council (YCC) are an example of the younger generation wanting to be involved. Members of the 2015-2016 YCC were sworn in at the May 26 city council meeting.

“I think that it’s really good for the city – to show and to see that kids do care. We’re not just inside playing video games. We’re getting out there. We’re reaching out to the community,” YCC Deputy Public Relations Officer Ben Pugmire said.

City Councilman Scott Bracken, who oversees the youth council, spends time recruiting new officers by visiting local eighth-grade students at the end of the school year. During his time at the schools, he finds that many students are already aware of the program because they have seen their friends and family participate in a variety of capacities around the city on behalf of YCC. 

“The council really, really loves seeing the kids out [in the city],” Bracken said.

Regular interaction with elected leaders in Cottonwood Heights, such as the mayor, city councilmembers, police chief and fire chief, is one perk of being involved with YCC. Students, however, do not just sit and observe. They offer insights and oftentimes fresh ideas for the betterment of the city.

“They listen to just about anything. They’re very kind and they’re very receptive as elected officials. It makes you feel good,” Pugmire said.

A balance of educational, service and social experiences allows YCC members to develop skills for a resume, college and eventual careers, as well as spend time with other service-oriented peers from surrounding cities. 

“It’s been a good decision. I’ve really enjoyed it,” Pugmire said about being a YCC member for the last three years.