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 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. The agenda can be found along with all the other city board, authority, and commission agendas on the Boards and Commissions web page.
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 Kennesaw’s 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 Council liaison to the Youth Council is Nimesh Patel.
Omar Shariff Sandy Roberts II is a junior and full diploma International Baccalaureate candidate at Marietta High School. He is the Co-President and a founding member of the DECA club and a member of the track and field team, Beta and Key clubs, International Students Association, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and English National Honor Society. He is also the Student Council class secretary and an Eagle Scout.
Nation Moore is a sophomore at North Cobb High School. He participates in cross country, runs in 5K races, and plans on playing baseball this year. Some of his other hobbies are reading and learning about coding for computer programs. He also enjoys being outdoors, traveling, spending time with friends and family and volunteering in his church and school.
Ashwini Balaganesh is a sophomore in the Magnet program at Kennesaw Mountain High School. 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 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.
Camille Hensley is a junior at Kennesaw Mountain High School in the Magnet program. She is on the cross country team and enjoys robotics. Camille participates in Mane Link, the KMHS student council as well as Habitat for Humanity and enjoys reading, calligraphy, and community service.