CUMMING, Ga. — Nine high school students were chosen to be part of the Cumming Youth Council, and they were sworn in last week.

“This is a wonderful chance for the youth of our community to give back in a way that also represents the youth of our community in decisions that affect their lives,” Alana Murray, a junior from Alliance Academy for Innovation, said. “I am so glad to be here. This is an amazing opportunity.”

Cumming Mayor, Troy Brumbalow said the city received more than 30 applicants for the new youth council. 

“We had about eight or nine people review all the applications and come up with their nine best,” Brumbalow said. “Then, we accumulated it through those eight or nine people casting votes as to how they got chosen.”

The mayor, along with council members and other city workers narrowed it down to the best applicants.

The students are now getting an in-depth look at local government, by being part of monthly meetings with the actual city council. The students will also have a chance to visit different departments within the city to learn how everything works.

“They’ll be privy to almost all the same information we will,” Brumbalow said. “There will be some things, of course, we can't share with them, but we want them to learn about annexations and zoning and business licenses and all that kind of stuff too.”

The goal of this new initiative is to get feedback from the teens on how the city can make improvements. And the mayor says he’s hopeful the youth council will generate some good ideas that can immediately be put into action.

“They will work closely with me and our staff and other council members, and so we're really looking forward to this first year,” Brumbalow said. “I think we have a great group of kids. All these kids are very high achievers. We're excited.”

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