During Mayor Orman’s State of the City address, she announced that she is starting a Youth Council in Bentonville. The Youth Council will provide a conduit for youth to voice to city leadership, help promote civic engagement, foster an understanding of how municipal government works, tackle a real-world city issue, and propose a solution to present to the Mayor and City staff.
Mayor Orman is looking for two scholars from Haas Hall Academy Bentonville to sit on the Youth Council. All candidates in grades 9-12 will be considered, as long as they live within the Bentonville Corporate City limits, which does not include all Bentonville mailing addresses.
Mayor Orman plans to meet with her newly established Youth Council on Monday, February 24. The meetings will be held from 6:30 -7:30 AM on the 4th Monday morning of the month. Attendance at all meetings is required to be eligible to receive the certificate at the end of the program unless an emergency absence is approved. There could be slight modifications to the schedule based on holidays/school breaks. The Council will meet through December, 2020, with Mayor Orman presenting certificates to those members that complete the program at a City Council meeting in early 2021.
The Mayor’s Office is working on a stringent deadline and has asked us to provide them with two nominees by Monday, February 17. Due to the upcoming school holiday and the need to provide written letters of recommendation, applications must be submitted to Dr. Rod no later than the end of the school day on Wednesday, February 12. Application forms may be obtained from Miss Deborah.
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT THE YOUTH COUNCIL MEETS AT 6:30 AM AND WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO MEET DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. THE MAYOR IS LOOKING FOR TWO SCHOLARS THAT WILL EXHIBIT DEDICATED ATTENDANCE FOR THE DURATION OF THIS PROGRAM. PLEASE CONSIDER THESE REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING.