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.
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.
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.
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