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Horn Lake Youth Council involved in city's future

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The City of Horn Lake is preparing for the future by developing the first ever Mayor's Youth Council in Northwest Mississippi.

City officials hope the Council will help bridge the communication gap between those who run the city and those who have to follow the rules by adding new voices to discussions about the city's future.

Mayor Nat Baker said the idea came from a conference he attended: "We just decided that was something we needed to do to bridge the gap between the youth of Horn Lake, the Board of Aldermen and myself."

Twenty-two teens comprise the new council. They will meet monthly during the school year, learning from city leaders and coming up with ideas to improve their city.

Further describing how the Youth Council will work, Mayor Baker explained, "We have some community projects that we're going to let them decide on. They have their own board set up."

One of these Youth Council board members is Jason Clarkson, the council secretary and a senior at Horn Lake High School. He said the Youth Council is a great opportunity: "Most people don't get a chance to learn until they go off to college, so we get a chance before then to see if we have an interest in this as a career and I think that its a cool opportunity to get that."

He also likes the idea of making a change in the community. "We can come back in 10 years and say when I was a senior we thought of that and look at it now."

Baker said there are plans in the works to involve the youth in two team building retreats including participation in the 3rd Annual Statewide Youth Leadership Summit next March.

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