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City assembling crack team of young folks to serve on junior city council

The City of Auburn is putting together a nine-person junior city council to get advice from the young folks on things like parks, recreation, entertainment, traffic, police, festivals, trails, environmental stewardship and other social issues.

Students will learn leadership skills, improve their chances for scholarships, learn how City government operates and see how they can influence government activities to make a positive difference in the world.

Interested youth who live in the Auburn city limits and attend Auburn schools in grades 8-12 grade are eligible to apply. Deadline to turn in applications is 5 p.m. Oct. 15. The nine-member council may include one member from other schools located outside of the city as long that student lives in Auburn.

"We are very excited about the possibilities for the students in our area," said Deputy Mayor Nancy Backus. "The Auburn City Council has realized the significant impact and value that our students have on our City and its future, and are looking forward to working with this newly formed council."

City officials estimate that students will need to spend about two hours per week during the school year attending meetings, participating in City functions and studying for meetings.

Application forms are available for download on the City's website – www.auburnwa.gov – or at City Hall in the City Clerk's office, 25 W. Main St., or at their school principal's office.

Students need to get at least one letter of recommendation from a school teacher, administrator or counselor.

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