It is the mission of the Kennesaw Youth Council (KYC) to provide local youth with the experience of working with city government while obtaining a sense of civic responsibility as well as the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.
The Kennesaw Youth Council was created in 2002 to encourage teen involvement in local government and the community. It is a six-member team of high school students who are selected by an application and oral interview process.
The purpose of the Youth Council is to provide the Mayor, City Council and city staff with a teen perspective on the Police Department, the Parks & Recreation Department and future growth. The Youth Council meets once a month at City Hall. Its members develop agendas and report directly to the City Council at scheduled Council meetings.
Kennesaw’s Mayor, Council and city staff are committed to working with the youth council to address their needs and concerns, and to further educate them on the operation of local government.
Since the implementation of this program, other communities in the area have emulated the Kennesaw Youth Council as a model to start similar type programs. The Youth Council has an office at Kennesaw Mountain High School, giving students greater access to members who can deliver their concerns directly to the City Council.
The Kennesaw Youth Council Liaison is Councilmember Yvette Daniel.
Omar Shariff Sandy Roberts II is junior and full diploma International Baccalaureate candidate at Marietta High School. He is the Co-President and a founding member of the DECA club, a member of the Blue Devils track and field team, Beta and Key clubs, International Students Association, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, English National Honor Society and is also the Student Council class secretary. Omar is also an Eagle Scout, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 217.
Nation Moore is a sophomore at North Cobb High School, He participates in NCHS Cross Country, runs 5k’s in Kennesaw and the surrounding areas, and plans on playing Baseball at NCHS this year. Some of Nation’s other hobbies are reading and learning about coding for computer programs. He also enjoys being outdoors, going on road trips, and spending quality time with friends and family. Nation volunteers in his church and school, cleaning up and helping wherever there is a need.
Ashwini Balaganesh is a sophomore in the Magnet Program at Kennesaw Mountain High School. There, she is part of many clubs and programs including Habitat for Humanity, Magnet Advisory Board, Science Club, Mane Link, and Mu Alpha Theta. She has been playing soccer since she was seven years old and was on the KMHS soccer team the past year. She has also been learning Indian classical dance since she was five years old and loves connecting to her Indian culture.