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2022-2023 LaGrange Youth Council Presents Year of Accomplishments to the Mayor and City Council

Pictured from left to right, LYC Social Committee Chairperson Render McLeod, Emmi Horlander, LYC Chairperson Jack Baker, and LYC Vice-Chair Simone Acosta. Other seniors not pictured; Trey Cook, Bryce Bailey, Henry Huberdeau, Rylie Hale, Luke Patton, Andy Patton, and Mary Maddox Westmoreland.

The 2022-2023 LaGrange Youth Council members presented their year of accomplishments to the LaGrange Mayor and City Council Tuesday (4/26) evening at the regular city council meeting.

LaGrange Youth Council Chairperson Jack Baker, Social Committee Chairperson Render McCleod, and Outreach Committee Chairperson Alisa Lee presented to the Mayor and City Council Tuesday.

The LaGrange Youth Council voted on two projects for the 2022-2023 school year. The first project, the Outreach Committee, delivered sixty goodie bags with homemade brownies, shirts, succulents, and personalized notes to residents of local retirement homes. The group visited Florence Hand Home, Wellstar West Georgia Hospice, Vernon Woods, and LaGrange Heritage.

“The Outreach Committee focused this year on our elderly and veteran citizens. They contacted multiple retirement communities as well as Hospice Care and delivered goodie bags to individuals from those communities,” said LaGrange Youth Council Advisor Adam Speas. “Our young leaders wanted to create a project that lets the older generations know that they are appreciated and loved by the younger generation.”

The second project, the Social Committee, wanted to hold a safe and fun event for teens put on by teens. The free event called “Donuts & Duets” was held Thursday, March 30th at Local Groundz. Local teens were invited to participate in karaoke and received a free donut.

“We wanted to host this event to give people my age the chance to have a fun, entertaining night in LaGrange,” said Committee Chairperson Render McLeod. “One thing I believe LaGrange lacks is a fun, safe way for teenagers to spend their time and I hope the first ever Donuts & Duets gives them that opportunity.”

The group also hosted an ice skating pizza party with the children of West Georgia Star and participated in many community events including city litter cleanups, the city council retreat, and council meetings. Members visited the Georgia State Capitol and participated in a joint meeting with the City of Newnan Youth Council.

The LaGrange Youth Council is an advisory board composed of local youth that provides advice and counsel to the local governing body. The Youth Council gives our local youth a more formal role in the local decision-making process. This group is made up of junior and senior high school students from surrounding public and private schools.

THE CITY OF LAGRANGE IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2023-2024 LAGRANGE YOUTH COUNCIL. The submission deadline is Friday, May 5th at 5PM. For more information email [email protected]. To download an application go to http://www.lagrange-ga.org/Home/Youth_Council.

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