The Youth Activity Council received high praise Tuesday from the Copperas Cove City Council, which commended the student group for its work and positive attitude.
“The YAC represents what city council does but at the student level,” said Joseph Rice, parks and recreation director. “I was very impressed with how they performed. They did a great job, from serving the elderly when they couldn’t get up to eat to working the booths and helping with trick-or-treating.”
The City Council approved the creation of the YAC to enable high school students to define and find creative ways to address community issues and to bring about more programs and activities through the city and the Copperas Cove Independent School District.
“We support kids of various ages and try to find ways to get them more involved,” said Mikayla Miller, YAC council liaison. “Like with the Movie in the Park, we generated revenue that we can use to create bigger events to involve more kids.”
In fiscal year 2013-2014, the YAC participated in treat or treat, Feast of Sharing, the tree-lighting ceremony, the Christmas parade, and Movie in the Park.
“I joined so I can get our voices heard,” Tramesiya Haywood said. “I want to keep youths going and doing and having a choice and a voice.”
Five YAC members and two city staff members will attend a YAC Summit in Rockwall on Saturday where they hope to learn how the local division can move forward.
“We’re excited about our upcoming summit because we hope to bring back ideas on incorporating how to do budgets and create consensus,” said Ryan Oster, the council’s historian.
Savannah Rodriguez, a YAC member, discussed future activities. “We’re even planning a summer event kind of like Amazing Race but for the whole family,” she said.
Miller said the activities are designed to keep young people in Copperas Cove. “We don’t want youths having to go to Killeen or Austin to find things to do,” she said. “We want them to have options here.”
The YAC meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Copperas Cove Municipal Golf Course.
Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald