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My vision is that Evanston will remain, a vibrant, diverse, sustainable community.

Our city needs to be healthy socially, physically and economically so that individuals, families and businesses are attracted to work and live in Evanston.

We need to make sure our neighborhoods remain strong so our families have a stable base from which to be successful. We need a durable infrastructure so that businesses can thrive. We need to make sure our schools are challenging and safe so our young people can get a solid education.

My hope is that these young people will continue to make their homes in Evanston and become part of what makes our community great.

Summer Youth Employment Program


One of the Mayor's initiatives is to provide opportunities for all Evanston youth and young adults to become active and productive citizens of the community through strengthening existing youth services. This program is geared to Evanston youth age 14-18 years. In order to be eligible to attend the job fair, youth must be enrolled in school and be at least 14 years of age when the Youth Employment Program begins in mid-June 2012.

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl has instituted a number of communication initiatives to get in direct contact with her constiuents.

Youth Advisory Council

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl’s Youth Advisory Council meets at Evanston Township High School to discuss student-specific topics. “We want input from teenagers. We need to know whether the services that we are providing are actually working for them," the Mayor says.

Working with the youth advisory council, the Mayor has set up a hotline where students can text the City about brewing conflicts as things are heating up, but before violence erupts.

During their discussion, city officials, ETHS students and Tisdahl outlined goals for summer programs that engage and empower our youth. Drop-in events, adding youth element to the city’s festivals, safe activities.

Mayor Tisdahl Embraces New Technology


Putting new technology to work for her, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, known for her dry wit, took the plunge with a Twitter town-hall meeting. The Mayor took questions tweeted and e-mailed. While answering individuals questions and concerns, the Mayor was speaking to the community at large.

Photo credit: Marshall Cohen/Daily Northwestern senior staff


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