Web Extra: A Closer Look at Kennedale’s Youth Advisory Council's Staff Liason
Just like local government, they need to each be voted in each year, and can continue to participate until they have graduated.
This program is largely a result of the hard work and dedication of Leslie Galloway, City Secretary & Community Organizer. She is the the staff liaison for the Youth Advisory Council, which essentially means that she manages their projects, attendance, and everything else in between.
Needless to say, she is busy!
Not only is she busy, though, she is dedicated. Her hard work goes towards these teens, and the YAC has resoundingly positive results because of it.
We wanted to know more about Leslie, and we were lucky enough to get in touch and learn just a little bit more about how she finds time to do it all.
I’ve been involved with YAC since January of 2015, and it’s one of the best parts of my job.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been with the Youth Advisory Council?
I have two kids of my own, and they both think they want to be members when they’re in high school. We’ll see if they still feel that way in a few years! I hope they do, though – these YAC members are the kind of kids every parent dreams of their own children choosing as friends.
I can’t say enough good things.
What has been one of the most memorable moments you've had with it so far?
What does the future look like for the Youth Advisory Council? Any goals?
I know that you are really busy from day to day! What are some ways you balance it all?
Other than that, I do what most of us do – prioritize and dive in. Thankfully, I also have a wonderful husband who’s always there for me.
Do you have any hobbies you enjoy doing when you find the time?
What's something people usually assume about you? What do people usually assume that's incorrect?
Anything else we should know about the YAC?
For example, when they wanted to landscape their traffic circle, they learned that there was a list of suggested plants (those that are hardy and drought-tolerant), and that any landscape design would need to be approved by the Parks Board. It sounds a little daunting, but as a city, we have to look at the sustainability of any project or decision, no matter how small. We need to have the necessary staff and resources to maintain any addition to the city – even a flowerbed.
To learn more about the great things that the Kennedale Youth Advisory Council is doing for the youth within the community, visit their website.