Irwin seeks students for the Junior Council Program

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Irwin officials are looking for two residents — high school or senior or freshman, sophomore or junior — who want a say in borough government.

“We want to engage the youth of the community, get involved in the community and have an understanding of the city,” said Councilman Tyler Baum, who offered the junior council program.

Baum, 24, is the youngest member of the council.

Junior board members would serve two-year terms and attend board meetings to provide input.

Council members will also benefit from hearing about “issues facing young people in the community,” said Baum, who was elected to the council in November.

The new junior council program will provide borough officials with insight into what young people want for their community, council chairman Rick Burdelski said.

“We’ll learn what they think and how to make the community good for young people,” Burdelski said.

The program is modeled after the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs’ junior council person program, which has been around for about 20 years, Baum said.

Junior council members will be required to provide a report to the borough council. They will not be allowed to vote on issues or attend executive meetings where real estate, legal or personnel matters are discussed, Baum said. The program will give them experience in public relations, communications and community service and has the potential to promote future leadership in the borough.

The Norwin School District joined in promoting the program in high school.

Superintendent Jeff Taylor said he supports the initiative.

“It’s one of our responsibilities to produce civic-minded students,” Taylor said.

Baum said he would join Burdelski and borough manager Shari Martino in reviewing the nominations. The candidates they select could be voted on by the board at its October meeting, Burdelski said.

“I see it as a win-win,” Baum said.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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