Two town hall community meetings were held in the fall of 1995, at which time over 250 interested people provided input on issues facing the youth and families of Grand Island. Mayor Ken Gnadt immediately formed a Task Force to further review the issues brought forth, and to devise ways to address the concerns. The Task Force was diverse, comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies, business and private sector, law enforcement, local government, educational institutions, adolescent service providers, minority populations and , most importantly, youth.
The issue statements were presented to the local governing body in early 1996. The task Force was then given the charge to continue to work on the project and to develop action plans, which would address the issues raised. The original Task Force was renamed the Community Youth Council (CYC), and was awarded a development grant from the State of Nebraska Family Preservation and Support funds. Since this initial grant CYC has received an annual grant from the Nebraska Children Families Foundation until 2008.
The Community Youth Council has since evolved into an organization composed of sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the 4 Grand Island high schools. That specialize in government, education, projects, and volunteer services to better our community.
If you are interested in being a part of the 2019-2020 Community Youth Council, contact
Community Youth Council Coordinator,
308-385-5444 ext. 212
Applications for the 2019-2020 CYC program year will be accepted until 5 PM on Friday September 27th. All applicants are encouraged to review the Code of Ethics below to understand the responsibilities required as a member of CYC before application is submitted.