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Officials choose YAC council

The City of Knoxville and Knox County offices have teamed up with United Way once again to encourage youth voice and involvement in local government and community problem solving.

For the third year since its creation, the Knoxville/Knox County Youth Action Council will provide a representative body of teens charged with ensuring the opinions and concerns of youth are asserted. Each spring, students are selected from among all schools in Knox County, both public and private, for this special honor. The 2006-2007 class is made up of 26 individuals representing 11 different high schools.

The Youth Action Council is designed to ensure that youth have input into the policies that affect them while also increasing awareness among government representatives about issues facing children and youth. Another goal of the project is for the members to experience collaboration and team building, leadership and public service.

Applicants are selected based on their awareness of key issues facing youth, creativity, and motivation to make a change.

Through a United Way affiliation, YAC members will participate in Knoxville’s first ever Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.

(PYLI) this summer. By teaching everything from community needs analysis to project planning and leadership dynamics, the PYLI curriculum will thoroughly prepare new YAC members for a productive term.

The YAC is unique among youth organizations in that priorities for the council are determined by the young people involved and all projects are completely coordinated by youth, for youth. In past years, the YAC has conducted surveys of high school students, forums with local community officials and the Knoxville Youth Summit. For more information about the Knoxville/Knox County Youth Action Council visit or call Leah Adinolfi at 523-9131 x246.

The Youth Action Council (YAC)—A Voice for Youth is a collaborative partnership between United Way of Greater Knoxville, the Knox County Mayor’s Office, and the City of Knoxville Mayor’s Office. The Youth Action Council provides a representative body of teens in Knox County to create strong relationships between youth and their communities. This council works to promote young people as a resource for community problem solving by facilitating opportunities for youth to engage in community service and local government.

United Way of Greater Knoxville is a local, independent organization dedicated to improving lives by building a better community. In partnership with 50 agencies, local business, community leaders and ordinary citizens, United Way tackles issues that matter most. By working together, we provide a safety net of services addressing Knoxville’s most basic needs while working toward lasting change. For more information, please visit


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