Youth Council

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YOCO Applications

Applications can be mailed to 100 N. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. Addressed to Sheritta Johnson and Noemi Rios, City Manager’s Office or you may email the application to amoorewells@cityoffortpierce.com

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month
  • William D. Dannahower Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 100 N. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950

Agendas, Minutes, and Meeting Officials

Agendas are available prior to the meetings and minutes are available following approval.
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Overview

Fort Pierce Youth Council (“YOCO”) is an advisory board of high school students dedicated to assisting the Mayor and City Council in solving problems and accomplishing goals on behalf of youth in the community. YOCO gives youth a voice and a chance to identify and solve community issues from a youth perspective. YOCO members are resources for elected officials to receive advice on issues youth face, especially those decisions that directly affect young people.

Membership Structure

The City of Fort Pierce Youth Council meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Fort Pierce City Hall. The board consists of 7 members who are high school students in the city of Fort Pierce.

Please contact the City Manager’s Office for more information by calling 772-467-3070.

CURRENT YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS:
GRACE FEE

Grace FeeMy name is Grace, and I serve as National Honors Society President, Student Body Treasurer, Captain of the Volleyball team, Chief Editor of the Newspaper, Morning Show Co-Host, Anchor Club Treasurer, and Students Against Destructive Decisions Board Member at John Carroll High School. I also work at a local downtown Fort Pierce boutique called Honey & Company! On the rare occurrence that I have free time, one can find me training at the gym, eating out with friends, or snuggled up with a good book. I am beyond excited for my second year on YOCO! This team has amazing potential to both inspire and facilitate positive change among the youth in our community, and it is my desire to serve as an advocate and a voice for those who are quiet. 

LILY CRAWFORD
Lily Crawford My name is Lily Crawford and I am a senior at Lincoln Park Academy and am a dual student at Indian River State College. I plan to further my education at the University of Florida, while I do not know what I plan to major in, I know I want it to be something that I can make a successful career out of and use to make our community and state a better place. This year I got the privilege of joining the Fort Pierce Youth Council and I could not be more excited for this year. Through this Council, I hope to better the engagement of not only students in our community, but also the people of our town. We have so many amazing resources that many do not know about and I feel that if we could focus more on getting them into the public we would have a healthier atmosphere overall.

LISHONDA FRANKLINLishonda Franklin

Lishonda Franklin is my name. I am a 17-year-old senior at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy. This is my second term as a member of the Fort Pierce City Commissioner Youth Council. I was just named Chairmain for this term. I am the president of my senior student council. I have been a member of the National Honors Society for two years. I've been a member of the Panther leadership group at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy for three years. I am a student with high honors. I am 6'5ft and do not participate in sports owing to a 10 year battle with a heat disease. That is why leadership is so essential to me, and it was the key to my success. I am still a student teacher at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy for  two years. I've coordinated community beach cleanups and enjoy giving back to my community. My GPA is 3.7. I have over 240 hours of community service. I work two jobs: Publix and Popeye's. Despite my struggles and tribulations, I am highly engaged in my community and enjoy guiding others to succeed.

MIA MORRISON
Mia MorrisonI am a junior at Lincoln Park Academy and dual enroll at IRSC. I am so happy to be able to use my voice and advocate for change in my community. I am passionate about leading others and working in social justice. I want to major in Aerospace Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I love design, technology, and fashion. I enjoy reading, designing, singing, and playing tuba in band symphonies. I hope to inspire others to take part in our community socially and politically.

SARA CHENEY
Sara CheneyI am a junior in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Lincoln Park Academy. I want to major in political science on my path to becoming an attorney. I am passionate about enacting change within my community towards the ultimate goal of an improved social welfare for all members of the community. I joined the Youth Council to work in conjunction with city officials towards serving a critically underrepresented group in municipal politics, specifically the youth of Fort Pierce. Furthermore, I joined the Youth Council to ensure that the voices of the youth in my community were being heard by the local government. In my free time, I enjoy learning new languages, running long distances, hiking across mountains, and reading books across the various genres.