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Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Northview High School junior Alexa Dispennett signs a bid to run for vice president of the Youth for the Community Committee, a student-led organization that intends to work alongside the city council and other local governing bodies to provide community services and facilitate youth involvement within Brazil and eventually all of Clay County. [Order this photo]
*Youth Committee nominates officers, others

Northview High School students stepped into leadership positions recently during a Youth for the Community Committee (YCC) meeting.

The students said they wanted to start a club that functions like the legislative and executive branches in a democratic government, and their main mission is to provide service to the community.

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Northview High School junior Matthew Aselage signs a bid to run for president of the Youth for the Community Committee, a student-led organization that intends to work alongside the city council and other local governing bodies to provide community services and facilitate youth involvement within Brazil and eventually all of Clay County. [Order this photo]
"Our mission statement says our goal is to get youth involved in the community and mentor the community," YCC founder, Matthew Aselage, and NHS junior, told The Brazil Times.

During the meeting, Aselage placed a bid to run for the president's office.

"We want to run these elections like real ones with debates and everything," Aselage said. "Next meeting, we will close the bids, and the candidates will be determined. We will also have an inauguration."

Junior Alexa Dispennett threw herself in the running with a bid for vice president.

In addition, NHS junior Logan Downing placed a bid to run for representative of the group's designated 5th District, which includes Northern Harmony and Knightsville.

"Where the representatives preside over is decided by where he lives," Aselage told The Brazil Times.

The districts encompass:

* First -- Northern Brazil and Carbon,

* Second -- Southwestern Brazil and Staunton,

* Third -- Southeastern Brazil and the remaining portion of Southwestern Brazil,

* Fourth -- Northern Harmony, and

* Fifth -- Southern Harmony and Knightsville.

Meanwhile, the YCC made some amendments to its constitution, including passing a motion to "restart the formation" of its Senate map, changing the date and time requirements concerning elections and inaugurations within the YCC constitution and altering current YCC term limits.

"Right now we have two-year terms, but we want to change them to one year," Aselage said.

He added membership restrictions involving age, stating members must be youth who are enrolled in middle school, high school, college or another type of pre-professional program.

"We still consider college and vocational students part of the area youth," Aselage said.

The next YCC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4:30 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

The meeting agenda includes gathering and closing election bids, possible amendments to the YCC constitution and accepting proposals regarding community service organizations.


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You go kids. We need more like you. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 10:25 PM


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