The Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council has been chartered by the N.C. Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office of the Department of Administration. The council received its charter last weekend at the quarterly State Youth Council conference.
The charter will allow the council to participate in the Youth Legislative Assembly in Raleigh, send local representatives to the State Youth Council, and be eligible for grant funding. It will have voting privileges at State Youth Council meetings and conferences on matters that affect youth.
In order to be chartered, the Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council had to meet criteria that included attending state youth conferences, accumulating community service hours, undertaking community projects, and holding regular meetings. It joins other chartered municipal youth councils for such cities as Raleigh, High Point, Hickory, Greensboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Concord, Durham, Goldsboro, Wilson, and others.
The Youth Advisory Council was created by the City Council in 1989 to give high school students an opportunity to become more aware of local government and become involved in local issues by participating in community activities. Staff support for the council is provided by the Human Relations Department.