Ocean Springs mayor's youth council presents first State of The Youth Address
By Caray Grace| February 18, 2016 at 2:27 AM CST - Updated July 2 at 6:00 AM
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX)
Those who attended the 2016 Ocean Springs State of The City Address got a two for one. They had an opportunity to hear from the Mayor's Youth Council about what's happening with Ocean Springs youth.
"We all just kind of brainstormed ideas of things we personally saw in the community that we would want to fix, and through that is how we developed the topics," said Cady Cooper, president of the youth council.
The Mayor's Youth Council, which is made up of about 30 juniors and seniors, conducted a survey at their high school to find out what problems their peers think need to be addressed.
"I think the survey was really key in this being a project for all the youth in Ocean Springs, not just a select few of us," said Sally Boswell.
The survey revealed that underage drinking, drug use, cyberbullying, safe driving and pollution were the top five issues plaguing teens in Ocean Springs.
"I feel like this is actually one of our biggest accomplishments in targeting our youth because we're getting the whole city involved. We involved our whole school with getting the survey done and getting opinions other than our own, and I think that we can really target some issues that are occurring," said Sunna Savani.
The next step for the teens is finding solutions to the problems, and they already have a head start.
"We already have some of our solutions kind of in action already. So, we've already talked to the police chief and the mayor about what we want to change in the city, and we have the principals and administrators actually next Tuesday. So, it's going to be pretty quick after this address," said Jessica Leonard.
Along with the finding solutions, the council will continue volunteering with various city departments and community service projects.