Founded in 2003, The Huntington Youth Council includes students from every public high school in the town. Students meet twice a month to discuss issues in Huntington affecting them. They also plan events that engage their peers in local issues.
Selected topics included raising the retirement age on social security, the consolidation of public schools, and security cameras in the classroom. Councilmembers worked within committees to research and write summaries on each topic for the agenda.
Berland and Jesse Feldman-Stein, the council's co-supervisors, led discussions on each of the three topics as well as the open portion in which students were invited to share their opinions on issues not included in the agenda.
More than 25 students contributed to these discussions.
Assisting from the dais were Deputy Supervisor of Events Cara Jacobson, Deputy Supervisor of Membership Sean Delle, Deputy Supervisor of Publications Bailey Kaston and Town Clerk Annie Nikunen.
“I am very pleased students chose to attend the ‘Youth Forum’ and were so engaged with the issues,” Berland said, in a press release. “The Youth Forum gives young people the opportunity to communicate with their peers on matters vital to their well-being and future."
“I congratulate the students in the Youth Council on planning a very successful event," she added. "Their dedication to empowering their peers is truly admirable. I also thank the schools who encouraged their students to attend the forum.”
The Youth Forum will be aired on the Town’s government access television station broadcasting on Cablevision (Channel 18) and Verizon FIOS (Channel 38).