Parker establishes first-ever youth commission

Nine teens selected by community leaders

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Nine Parker area teens have been chosen to represent the desires of local young people after the town council formed a youth commission Sept. 19.

The students each needed to have at least some connection to Parker, either through living in the town, attending a local school or working somewhere nearby. 

“We’re really looking for you to be the voice and bring us new ideas. What needs to change? What needs to improve? And what are we doing well?” said Mayor Jeff Toborg. 

The members are: 

  • Joey Jung 
  • Brayden Parsons
  • Iris Pixler
  • Landon Schnell
  • Amara Fanti
  • Carson Flowers
  • Noor Reslan
  • Sarah Goudjil
  • Aarav Varma 

They represent Chaparral High School, Legend High School and Lutheran High School and range from freshman to seniors. 

Iris was chosen as chair and Amara was selected vice chair.

They were selected by a panel of judges, including council members Anne Barrington and Cheryl Poage, a police department representative, town recreation manager and town community relations liaison Cheri Sullivan.

“We feel this is a representative group, it’s not just all the straight A kids, it’s not all the student council kids, but it’s a representative group and that’s what we felt we needed,” Poage said. 

During the meeting, each student spoke about what they’re hoping to learn from the experience

“I’m very excited to learn how to better represent our community and others and instead of just being a pillar of myself a pillar of the people around me and supporting them and being a better community together,” said Amara. 

Four members will serve for a year, five members will serve two-year terms. 

The council will meet at Town Hall the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. for meetings. Meetings are open to the public. The first meeting was held Sept. 20 where they elected Aarav as treasurer and Sarah as Secretary. 

The council is now considering its mission statement, vision, logo, social media policy, code of conduct and their reporting to the town council, among other items. 

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