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Youth working for Community

Sunday, December 4, 2011

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Northview High School junior Matthew Aselage (left) and NHS English teacher Rochell Reberger watch as Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw signs an agreement between the City of Brazil and the newly formed Youth for Community Committee. [Order this photo]
Northview committee puts focus on community

A joint effort by Brazil City Hall and a group of Northview High School students has created a new club.

NHS junior Matthew Aselage formulated the idea of a group of students who could better serve the community.

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Other members of the newly formed Youth for Community Committee include (from left) Alexa and Jacob Dispennett. [Order this photo]
He approached Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw and the Youth for Community Committee was born.

Aselage said the committee hopes to conduct fundraisers in the future to raise monies not only for the City of Brazil, but also for the entire community.

So far, Aselage said approximately 25 students at Northview are actively involved in the committee. He hopes to have more students throughout Clay County join in the future. According to Aselage, political or religious affiliations do not matter.

Northview English Teacher Rochell Reberger also helped Aselage create the committee.

"This is a youth-oriented, community organization," Reberger told The Brazil Times.

According to committee members, the organization's official mission state is to "make our community more readily available to our youth and to get our youth, America's future leaders, involved in our community."

Aselage said the committee was formed to reach out to youth in the county and get them more involved in community projects and events, such as attending more City Council or County Council meetings.

Aselage and others created an eight-and-a-half page Constitution for the committee, which he said, "lines out the legislative and executive branches," of the organization.

According to the organization's by-laws, the City Council and the Mayor of Brazil will elect the President of the committee. For each district, there will be an elected Senator, who will be elected by those living in the same district.

In addition, those in the same age group will elect Representatives. Senators and Representatives will act as a Congress within the committee, which can propose ideas to help the community.

The committee has scheduled its first meeting for Thursday, Dec. 20, at Brazil City Hall. In addition, for now, the committee will remain open to Northview and North Clay Middle School students only. After the committee feels it has established itself, Reberger said it will "branch out" to the county.



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