January 10, 2019Youth in Action » Shaker MyCom Youth Council

The Shaker Heights Youth Council has been engaging and training our next generation of leaders in Shaker Heights for the past 9 years.  From its inception Youth Council participants were required to complete community services hours as a way to learn about their community, build relationships and give back to the broader community.  Throughout the Youth Council’s history youth have participated in projects both in Shaker Heights and in the surrounding community.  Youth have partnered with youth in Cleveland and East Cleveland to work on projects from working in gardens to building containers to hold trash cans.  As a result the Youth Council has become the ‘go to’ when community members have projects they are looking to complete and get youth voice in the planning process.

Currently the Shaker Youth Council has 16 members, who are in grades 9th-12th. The Youth Council meets twice a month and members are required to fulfill 18 hours of community service each year.  In December the Youth Council honored 11 youth who completed 253 hour of service over the course of the year; that is an average of 23 hours of service per youth.  These youth have participated in a variety of different events, from helping with the Shaker Heights School District Parent Academy, helping with the Cleveland Arts Council annual summer event, building the Lomont Association’s Memorial Day float and volunteering with faith based institutions.  The Youth Council has historically participated in the Shaker Schools’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day event. However, this year representatives from the Council were asked to participate in the event planning process.

Sharon Bell, the Youth Council Advisor and Shaker MyCom Coordinator said, “The Shaker MyCom Youth Council has grown into an amazing group  of young future leaders.  All of the youth work together well, and are eager to serve their community.”