Young People Making a Difference in Tigard
This month, Tigard Youth Advisory Council (TYAC) member James Favot highlights the work of the TYAC and how the youth are positively impacting Tigard.
For any middle school or high school student looking to have a voice in the community, the Tigard Youth Advisory Council has an opening for you. We are actively seeking members to join the 12-member council.
The council’s purpose is to empower, improve and connect the lives of Tigard youth. Here is what that means:
- We meet twice a month where we have the opportunity to hear from elected officials such as Tigard Mayor John Cook and state Rep. Margaret Doherty.
- We provide the youth perspective on important projects such as the Southwest Corridor and Tigard Triangle.
- We work with the City to develop creative campaigns, such as the recent social media contest promoting the smoking and vaping ban in city parks and on city trails.
- We engage in community service projects, including building a Free Little Library, maintaining Main Street through the Adopt-a-Highway program and cooking dinner at the Good Neighbor Center.
- We represent the city at an annual national conference in Washington, DC.
The council selects a “Youth Spotlight” winner each month to recognize an individual doing incredible work that might be going unnoticed. The winner is recognized by the city and shares lunch with a city councilor or mayor.
I invite you to learn firsthand about the TYAC by attending an upcoming meeting. Contact Kent Wyatt, TYAC staff liaison, for meeting updates, a membership application or questions.