First Casper Youth Council provides interactive learning for high schoolers

The chair and vice-chair of the Casper Youth Council meet with Mayor Steve Freel
The chair and vice-chair of the Casper Youth Council meet with Mayor Steve Freel(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 5:01 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Twelve members will sit on the first Casper Youth Council. This council will teach high schoolers how city government operates.

Steve Freel, Casper Mayor, Ward III, said it’s going to be similar to the Casper City Council. “Each high school will be a ward of their own so there will be representatives from each,” Freel said.

Bryce Hebert, the Vice-Chair, said he’s learned a lot in his government classes and is excited to apply the knowledge in this group.

“The interactive experience is going to enhance everything I’ve learned so far,” Hebert said.

They will also have a chance to weigh in on issues that matter to them.

“If the Casper Council has issues that arise and apply to us I’m planning on acting as a liaison between me and my peers,” said Kenzie Martini, the youth council chair.

These high schoolers have a lot of excitement and some nerves about what’s coming up.

“I’m nervous I’m doing things right. It’s a new establishment and I want to make sure that I can do my best,” Hebert said.

More opportunities the council gets is learning from police and other city departments, attending city work sessions and city council sessions.

Martini adds she’s excited to attend her first city meeting next week.

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