FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at noon, Mayor John Callahan and invited officials from the City of Bethlehem, the Townships of Bethlehem and Hanover, the Boroughs of Fountain Hill will preside at a chartering ceremony to formally launch tghe first ever Bethlehem Area Youth Council. The ceremony will take place at Bethlehem Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, PA and will be followed by a discussion with the students and the political leaders who are present.
A diverse and talented group of approxiamtely 30 young men and women from Liberty and Freedom High School have agreed to serve during the Council’s inagural 2011-2012 academic year.
Anticipating the work of this group, Mayor Callahan said: “Our community is known for its strong sense of civic responsibility. The Bethlehem Area Youth Council will continue this tradition in the next generation while providing our young people with a platform to problem solve and promote postivity. I am very proud that these young men and women have offered to serve in the Council’s inagural year and I am looking forward to their enthusiasm, energy, insight and ideas. These are the leaders of Bethlehem’s future.”
Facilitated by the Bethlehem Community Collaborative and the Bethlehem Area School District and supported by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s COMPASS Community Schools initiative and Lehigh University’s College of Education, Youth Council members will meet regularly to discuss issues they believe are important to all youth within our community. As they work together, they will meet with regional leaders and influencers identified to be helpful in developing specific objectives that the Council members, and the youth they represent, can accomplish together in order to make a positive difference.
The Bethlehem Community Collaborative, founded in 2008, is a volunteer organization whose focus is helping youth serving organizations, programs, and activities to work together toward the common goal of youth success within the footprint of the Bethlehem Area School District.