As some of you may or may not know, your city, Gulfport, has a Teen Council. The Gulfport Teen Council works with the City Council concerning equipment recommendations, budgetary considerations for City’s parks and recreation programs, and provides recommendations, suggestions and assistance with youth events for city-sponsored festivals/programs. Teen Council members also gain valuable community experiences by attending local and state conferences, participating in community service projects and by representing the best of the city’s youth. They also provide input from the viewpoint of the youth about issues coming before the City Council.
Teen Council does a lot for the city that you may not know about. Past Teen Councils helped design the skate park and the beach playground. Teen Council also works numerous events for the city. Recently we’ve worked the Keep Gulfport Weird Mini Triathlon, the Birthday Bash, the Halloween Boo Room at the Recreation Center, and the Veterans Day Parade. Coming up you will see the Teen Council at the Holiday Tree Lighting in Clymer Park serving drinks and cookies. You probably also saw Teen Council go in front of City Council to discuss the Beach Smoking Ban.
Here are a few things that we discussed at our last Teen Council meeting.
- Teen Council is going to be entering a video contest put on by the Florida League of Cities. We will be creating a video of things that Teen Council has done for the city.
- The Fire Chief, Jim Marenkovic, wants any and all Teen Council members to join the Gulfport Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
- Teen Council discussed going in front of City Council to discuss the Beach Bathrooms.
- Mayor Michael J. Yakes wants Teen Council to start a Youth Citizen of the Month Award.
Meet Your Teen Council Members:
President: Nolan Slone
Vice President: Michael Wos
Secretary: Elizabeth Brown-Worthington
Council Member: Malcolm McGruder
Council Member: Laura Karbowski
If you would like to join Teen Council, the only requirements are that you must be from 13 to 18 years old and you must live in Gulfport. For an application, you can find one on the city web site (mygulfport.us) or you can pick one up at the Gulfport Recreation Center. We are currently in need of two regular members and three alternates. Contact Marivel Gutierrez at the Recreation Center for more information. Meetings are the third Thursday of every month at the Recreation Center at 4:45.
Teen Council will update the community after each monthly meeting.