Students wanted for Kenner Youth Advisory Council _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Kenner officials including Mayor Mike Yenni, right of sign, and Councilman District 3 Keith M. Reynaud, left of sign, unveil a new LED sign at the entrance to the cityÕs Laketown district, which officials say is on the cusp of further retail and entertainment development in Kenner, La. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The $1 million project includes LED lighting, landscaping and underwater irrigation from Vintage Drive, seen here, to the Pontchartrain Center.

Applications are being accepted from students interested in working with Mayor Michael Yenni and the Kenner City Council by serving on the Kenner Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council, formed last year, is open to Kenner residents who attend high school anywhere in the metropolitan area or who are home-schooled in Kenner.

In the past year, Advisory Council members have been asked to present their opinions on various city issues at City Council meetings and have embraced the idea of raising money to benefit Kenner’s Recreation Department.

“The initial council had a very productive first year,” Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Natalie Newton said. “Advisory Council members learned quite a bit about how their local government works and decided they wanted to make a difference in their hometown by conducting fundraisers to upgrade the playground at Veterans Park.”

The deadline to apply is Sept. 5. Applications are available at the city’s website, Applicants must include two reference letters and a parental consent form.

Applications also can be submitted electronically to

Yenni said one of his main goals is to continue improvements throughout Kenner that will make the city a more desirable location for young people.

“So much of what we do in government impacts young people,” Yenni said. “Yet, their opinion is often not represented. ”

For more information, call (504) 468-7240.