By Jen Kastner
MIDLAND- A group of Midland kids are coming together to tell city council members what changes they want to see made around the community.
The new Midland Youth Advisory Council is in its early stages but it's already gaining a lot of interest.
"We're bridging the gap between the adults and the youth," Mike Sadler, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Midland, said.
He's spearheading the project.
"Our mission is for youth to have a mouth and to have a say," Sadler said.
"The city is facing many issues but I have one issue that [needs to be addressed] and that is violence of young teens," 12 year-old founding member Quinton Haynes, said.
He especially wants the city to tackle gangs and bullying.
"You're pressured to do things [as a kid here] but you have to make smart decisions. If I do this, will this mess up my life, or not?" Haynes said.
"You never know what a kid is interested in unless you ask them," parent, Karl Boroski, said.
His son is also joining the council.
"He wants to learn to be a leader," Boroski said.
Once a month, junior high students and high-schoolers will meet at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center to hammer out plans for dealing with their city-wide issues. Then, they'll learn how to bring those items in front of city council members.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 7 p.m. Parents and kids are encouraged to drop in and join the council. For more information, call (432)-685-7379 or (432)-685-7355.