Interested in working with all ages in our community, the Joplin City Council welcomed eight members to this year’s Joplin Youth Council at its October 5, 2020 meeting. The Youth Council was created last year to increase civic awareness and experience for high school students interested in government and community relations.
Joplin City Council began this program in 2019 following a National League of Cities presentation highlighting the importance of providing service opportunities to students who exhibited an interest and initiative to assist their community. .
Liaisons for the advisory board include Council Member Anthony Monteleone and former Council Member and Mayor Melodee Colbert Kean. Mayor Ryan Stanley is also active with this group. Members are required to be Joplin residents and enrolled in grades 10 through 12. Terms are for one year and expire in May. Members may reapply at that time to continue serving on the council.
Members of the 2020-21 Youth Council are:
Name School ` Elected Office
Jane Min Thomas Jefferson Chairperson
Kambrea (Kami) Manning Joplin High School Vice-Chair & Public Relations Officer
Shrihari (Hari) Nagarajan Thomas Jefferson Secretary
John Wheeler McAuley Catholic School Treasurer
Jake Saunders Joplin High School
Caleb Thomas College Heights
Riley Peterson College Heights
Luke Johnson College Heights
The Youth Council’s services projects are to help increase awareness about mental health issues as related to the recent pandemic and to identify available community resources to assist those in need. Board members will also volunteer at local food pantries and help with collections for these organizations, focusing on hygiene items which are sometimes overlooked by donors. The group is planning to travel to attend a Missouri legislative session in Jefferson City and visit the State Capitol.
The board meets twice a month during the school year. Whitney Pachlhofer, Executive Assistant to the City Manager, is their staff liaison.