Members of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council for the 2016-17 school year are pictured with the Donaldsonville Mayor and City Council. Pictured, top row, from left: State Representative Ed Price, Ascension Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph, Mayor Leroy Sullivan, Councilman Charles Brown, Councilman Raymond Aucoin, Councilman Reginald Francis, Councilman Brent Landry, and MYAC Coordinator Tamiko Francis Garrison. Photo by Michael Tortorich.
Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and the City Council held an induction ceremony Tuesday for the 2016-17 Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.
State Representative Ed Price conducted the swearing-in ceremony with the assistance of the Mayor.
The MYAC is a representative student body of members who attend high school at Ascension Catholic and Donaldsonville.
The Council began in 1996 during the mayoral term of Mayor Bernard J. Francis Sr. It was formed to provide a mechanism for young people to get involved with the city, and learn leadership and civic skills.
Though the MYAC had been dormant for several years, it returned in April 2014 with the assistance of Mayor Sullivan and Volunteer Coordinator Tamiko Francis Garrison.
MYAC commissioners serve one-year terms, which run concurrently with the school year, from August to June.
The previous year began with the MYAC Leadership Academy in August 2015. The commissioners learned during sessions with the Mayor and Council, as well as several local professionals.
MYAC also participated in a variety of events, such as the Ascension Parish Library's ACT practice session, the Louisiana Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Healthcare, the Back to School Stop the Bullying program, and the National Association of University Women event.
Notably, the MYAC held its Red Carpet Affair in December 2015. The purpose of the event was to provide book scholarships to district students, and raise funds for the MYAC to attend the annual National League of Cities conference in Washington, D.C.
MYAC also put an emphasis on volunteering during the previous year. Members helped the community in a variety of ways, including at the Louisiana Marathon, and during the MLK Day of Service.
In February, MYAC members recorded public service announcements for local radio station KKAY.
A highlight for the year was March 4-9 as ten commissioners traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities conference. While there, they met with more than 200 other youth delegates, mayors and council members from around the country.
In March, the MYAC attended the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council Teen Summit.
Members are looking forward to another successful year of volunteering in the community and learning civic skills.
MYAC officers and members (schools in parentheses) for 2016-17 are:
Tamiko Stroud (DHS) - President
Katilyn Williams (DHS) - Vice President
Whitney Baker (DHS) - Secretary/Treasurer
Paige Joseph (ACHS)v- Parliamentarian
Darell Honora (DHS)- Sgt. At Arms
Kerrionne Brown (DHS)- Social Media Director
Nina Smith (DHS)- Audit Director
Jalon Chatman (DHS)
Micah Daggs (ACHS)
Aliyah Winfrey (DHS)
Renniayah Micken (DHS)- Alternate Commissioner
For more information, see the MYAC website at: www.myacdville.com.