MIDLOTHIAN

The Midlothian Youth Leadership Council has inducted its biggest class yet in its third year of the program.

Hosting their first meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Midlothian Conference Center, the program accepted 30 students into the council — 24 more than the previous year. The program is a partner with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, the City of Midlothian and the REACH council.

“The purpose of this program was to be an independent leadership-type program where students build responsibility and are ambassadors of our community,” said Tasha Taylor, Midlothian Reach Council Executive Director, last year.

Formed in fall 2016, Taylor said in a previous Mirror article that the Youth Leadership Council was created to inspire youth to take on leadership events and activities throughout the year, from attending city council meetings to touring state landmarks.

"I thought for a long time about getting the youth more involved with our programs," Taylor said previously. "You see youth in the school district in a lot of different capacities, but getting involved one-on-one has been a goal of mine for a while."

Last year's council had the opportunity to take a trip to Austin where they toured the Texas State Capitol Building, the Texas Supreme Court and the General Land Office. State Rep. John Wray assisted in hosting the trip.

“To me, it was more impactful than being in the classroom," recalled former youth council member Brooke Boisvert. "I feel like I gained more real-life experience because that’s what’s going to be out in the real world, so that trip for me personally was the best."

New inductees for this year's program include Travis Domke, Alex Sackett, Michael King, Kiernan Brannan, Elizabeth Kacerek, Sidney Barnes, Rachel Cyers, Taryn Jones, Allison Griffith, Jessica Hershey, Gavin Reid, Kathryn Altman, Sam Harris, Kloe Jansonius, Lauren Watson, Luke Phipps, Allie Hatten, Artiá Hardy, Haylee Faulkner, Ayanna Gaskins, Justin Green, Payton Avaritt, Skyler Clenney, Kennedee Slaydon, Tris Del Toro, Ryan McCaskill, Jacob McLaughlin, Emma Slater, Isabelle Linkous and Marisa Chapa.

Taylor said this year’s leadership program would end next year with a family banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Midlothian Conference Center.

To learn more about the Midlothian Youth Leadership Council, visit midlothianchamber.org or call (972) 723-8600.