TALLAHASSEE — The Florida League of Cities has awarded the Niceville Youth Advisory Council first place in its inaugural Community Service and Photography Municipal Youth Council Competitions.
Niceville’s Youth Advisory Council was recognized for its Niceville City Cleanup project, in which members collect garbage around the city.
The community service contest focused on a youth council project for a specific single citywide effort to address a local need. In 500 words or less, applicants described their project in detail and told how it was timely, innovative, effective, successful, cost-effective and adaptable. The applicants could also include five pages of supportive materials such as news articles, letters of support and more.
Winners will receive a trophy, a monetary award and recognition at the League of Cities Annual Conference. They will also be featured in the league’s statewide publication, Quality Cities (QC) magazine, and will have their win presented on the league’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Youth councils are organizations composed of students, and may also serve as an advisory board to a city commission/council. Many times, the students are selected to serve based on their leadership potential or their desire to learn more about their community and give back through volunteer service.
Niceville City Councilman Sal Nodjomian, who serves as the adviser to the city’s Youth Advisory Council, said he was proud of the group’s accomplishments.
“I continue to be impressed by this amazing group of young leaders,” Nodjomian said. “Whether they are conducting a community clean-up event, collecting clothes or food for the less fortunate or learning the details of local government, our Youth Advisory Council sacrifices a significant amount of personal time to make Niceville an even better place to call home.”