Randee Haven-O’Donnell first developed an interest in government at the age of 15 when she joined a high school group that discussed current events and politics.
Now, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen member wants to help high school students develop that same interest in civic engagement she once found.
Last year, the Youth Advisory Board in Carrboro gave 11 Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School and home-schooled students the opportunity to work for and advise the Carrboro Mayor and the Board of Aldermen.
Alderman Bethany Chaney led the effort to create the youth-based program.
“It made sense to start to have an advisory board with teens that would inform some of our initiatives and give these teens a level of active participation that would inform our thinking,” Haven-O’Donnell said.