COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission (CYAC) attended the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Convention's Youth Program held in Oro Valley, Aug. 28.
It was a great opportunity for Cottonwood youth, Rachel Valentine, Parker Kleck, Shaylor Dowling and Sirilak Saengsawang to network and brainstorm with other Arizona youth regarding current issues impacting our communities.
The young commissioners heard from New Global Citizens, an organization that provides students with a global perspective, an opportunity to create change and the skills needed to make those ideas a reality. Jennifer Vollman of New Global Citizens spoke about the many global issues affecting our world such as poverty, infant mortality, infectious diseases, economic and environmental sustainability as well as armed conflict. Some of these issues trouble us here at home in the Verde Valley.
Later in the conference, the different delegations networked and spoke of each council's numerous projects and aspirations for the future. The Tolleson Teen Council, 40 members strong, was a big inspiration for the Cottonwood delegates. After the networking session, the CYAC came together to brainstorm. These active discussions laid the groundwork for ideas to be set in place this upcoming year.
Overall, the day, complete with the Parade of Flags, a speech from Sen. Jeff Flake and lunch with Mayor Diane Joens and Councilman Jesse Dowling, was a success