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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Columbia Mayor Molder Establishes Mayor’s Youth Council

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Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder announced the formation of Columbia Mayor’s Youth Council (CMYC), a program designed to foster leadership and community involvement among Columbia’s diverse high-school population and to encourage students to become further interested in local government. The CMYC will kick off the Fall semester of 2021and continue throughout2021-2022 school year. 

The CMYC grants future community leaders an opportunity to have direct access and communication with current city leaders, while allowing for a student network to meet and discuss important issues. The CMYC is open to all Maury County high school students; public, private, and home-schooled. The council will consist of up to 12 members selected by a panel of local officials.

“I developed a passion for my community, and a desire to serve when I was in high school. It is my hope that a Mayor’s Youth Council such as this will inspire other high schoolers to develop a sense of passion for their community, and a desire to serve their community that they might not have otherwise had,” said Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder. “We know that our future is in their hands, so we owe it to ourselves, and to them, to ensure they have a good foundation for public service and public engagement to last a lifetime. I am particularly pleased with Columbia Academy’s senior Keyton Kodatt who was the inspiration behind this project and, without him, the Council would still be an idea. With him, this Council has become a reality.”

In conjunction with Mayor Molder and the City, Keyton Kodatt has contributed countless hours in constructing the CMYC’s official vision, objective and application. Kodatt has an impressive list of accomplishments, his latest being a perfect 36 on the ACT. Kodatt also placed1stin the Rotary Speech Contest and will progress to the Rotary Regional Competition. Additionally, Kodatt serves as the Captain of the Columbia Academy Mock Trial Team as well as the President of the Columbia Academy Class of 2022. He hopes to attend either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the University of Chicago with plans to major in Molecular Engineering or Political Science. Kodatt stated, “It has been an absolute honor to create this council with Mayor Molder, and I cannot wait to see it come to full fruition this Fall. I know the CMYC will create countless opportunities for youth engagement in Columbia as well as provide community service efforts the entire city can rally around. Through this council, Columbia will foster the next generation of local leaders, rooted in ambition and compassion.” CMYC liaison Jacey Bomar said, “I am beyond happy to serve as the CMYC liaison on behalf of the City. It is vital to educate and instill qualities of leadership into our local students. I believe this council will provide a great opportunity to learn about local government and to interact within the community. We expect this to be an interesting and engaging program that will benefit the students in various ways.” 

The CMYC application can be found on the City of Columbia’s website at your high school’s guidance office. Applications are due August 13, 2021. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance via email on August 27, 2021. For questions, please contact Jacey Bomar at jbomar@columbiatn.comor (931) 560-1512.

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