Twelve high school students get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the city administration, as part of the Mayor of Edinburgh’s Youth Advisory Council.
Andrew Alvarez is a junior on the Sabercats drum line at Robert Vela High School.
“Well, I’ve loved music since I was little, so anything to do with music I love,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez applied to be part of Edinburgh’s first-ever Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council to bring his love for music to the city.
“There’s not a lot of entertainment, so you have to go outside the city limits to get it,” Alvarez said. “So I want to bring entertainment to the city. I’m sure other people like music too, so just bringing it would bring more people to the city.”
In this programme, which is the result of the Edinburgh 2040 Vision Survey, high school students like Alvarez will share their ideas for improving the city while learning more about how city government really works.
“We’re hoping this gets them, you know, maybe interested in public service in the future, but more importantly so they can help advocate for the community and the services we provide,” the mayor said. from Edinburgh. said Ramiro Garza Jr.
Alvarez is one of 12 CISD high school students to be selected for the seven-month program.
He is preparing for their first session on December 20, a full day when students check in at all city departments.
“I’m excited to see what I can contribute to help the city and make it more fun for people to come,” Alvarez said.
He hopes the program will prepare him for his future career.
“I hope to work with the Department of Public Safety and hopefully DHR because that’s the path I want to take in my career,” Alvarez said.