[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Ithaca 9-19-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-3; amended in its entirety 4-4-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-01. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
In recognition of the history of youth councils in the Ithaca community, the Common Council of the City of Ithaca hereby creates an entity that shall be known as the "City of Ithaca Youth Council," hereinafter also referred to as the "Youth Council," in accordance with the following conditions.
The purposes and duties of the Youth Council shall be as follows:
To develop future leaders by providing the teenage members opportunities to participate in City governance and have an active role in addressing community issues.
To give a formal voice to the youth of the community. The Youth Council will provide ongoing, two-way communication with policymakers, especially the Common Council, so as to better address youth and community issues. The Youth Council will develop mechanisms to receive input regularly from other youth about their ideas and concerns.
To help provide a hands-on civic education to participating members through direct experience with democratic processes and practical skill development.
To contribute to the community in a concrete way. The Youth Council will plan and execute projects to improve conditions for teenagers.
To help youth build their social networks, engage with the opportunities available within their local community, and help their peers make positive connections to the local community.
To submit a written annual report on the membership and activities of the Youth Council, to the Mayor and Common Council (and the City Clerk), and to report on a regular basis to the Mayor.
The Youth Council shall consist of seven members. The appointing staff shall commit to assembling a diverse, multicultural and inclusive membership of the Youth Council, with regard to the protected classes and other unique characteristics that represent the needs of the entire community.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 103 of this Code, at least half of the Youth Council members shall be residents from the City of Ithaca. The remaining members shall be selected from within the municipalities comprising the Ithaca City School District.
The members of Ithaca Youth Council shall hereinafter be referred to as Youth Council Ambassadors or Ithaca Ambassadors.
The members of the Youth Council shall be appointed for terms of one year or until the time of their high school graduation, if that occurs first. Terms shall begin in September, except in the case of members appointed to fill vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, except that a vacancy occurring other than by the expiration of a term of office shall be filled only for the remainder of the unexpired term.
A staff person(s) from a City Youth Services Department shall act in consultation with the Common Council Liaisons and under the direction and supervision of the City department head so designated by the Mayor. The duties of this staff person with regard to the Youth Council shall be set forth in writing and kept up-to-date by the department head and provided to the Mayor, and a current version of such description shall be appended to the annual report required by § 120-2 herein.
The Youth Council shall meet regularly to complete projects and tasks towards their annual goals.
The Youth Council shall report twice a year to Common Council regarding youth and community issues. The Youth Council shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities.
The Youth Council shall meet at least one time per year with the Mayor.