Charleston Youth Council begins, members take oath

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first members of the Charleston Youth Council took the oath to join during Monday’s Charleston City Council meeting.

Fifteen members make up the council, which will be responsible for attending City Council meetings, volunteering in the community for at least 20 hours, taking part in roundtable discussions and planning various projects in the city.

“I just wanted to see a change for youth and make things better and bring things back that would involve the youth,” said Mackenzie Lanham, a junior at Sissonville High School.

Charleston Mayor Amy Goodwin led the selection committee, which consisted of Councilmembers Ben Adams, Mary Beth Hoover, Joseph Jenkins, Adam Knauff, Tiffany Wesley-Plear and Chad Robinson.

Members, who must be between 14 and 18 years old, will serve one-year appointments. Members can also not serve two consecutive terms.