The Grand Island YWCA is forming a youth council and is looking for ten young women that may be interested in being a part of the group.
The youth council will meet once a month to discuss important issues as well as plan projects that center around cultural understanding. The group will also focus on developing leadership and professional skills.
Amanda Levos, Migrant Services and English Language Acquisition coordinator for Grand Island Public Schools and member the YWCA's Cultural Diversity Committee, will be the Adult Leader for the group.
YWCA staff, members of the Cultural Diversity Committee and other community leaders will also be involved with the youth council.
The purpose of the group is to add a youth voice to the YWCA. Cultural Understanding Director Deb Starkey said, "As we looked back during our 100th anniversary, we noted that the voice of youth has been an important part of the history of the YWCA of Grand Island. Youth groups have been missing from our organization for several years."
Young women will be selected by an application and interview process through the YWCA Cultural Understanding Committee. Once selected, members will form their own board after an orientation and leadership training period and have a variety of opportunities to choose from while active with the youth council.
Council members will be asked to serve of an 18 month term and only ten young women will be selected to serve. The YWCA would like representatives from all four Grand Island high schools.
Young women selected to participate will be announced at the Women of Distinction banquet on February 28.