Youth councils teach leadership

To the editor:

In 1979, Sherry Suttles, Oberlin’s first female and African American city manager, had the foresight to bring into our community the concept of a youth council.

Youth councils are meant to be a voice for young people in a community and a tool for teaching leadership, while instructing our young people about our city manager-council form of government.

Oberlin is a community that needs, indeed requires, an organization such as a youth council as its very motto touts “Live-Learn-Lead.”

There have been youth councils established from 1979-1982, 1989-1992, and in late 2015 to present. It is my opinion that the reason for the transient nature of these councils is not for want or need but for lack of real support from past administrations and councils.

As members of the Oberlin community, both adult and youth leaders, come before council in the future, it is my hope that this council will be amenable to supporting our young people and the city’s future leaders with contributions of both time and money.

Let this community’s current leaders give real meaning and action to its mission.

Linda D. Lewis