A group of local lawmakers listened to young people during a special meeting called to have teens advice town council members in a mock session.
15 year old Jordan Phillips spoke an impassioned plea to the city hall audience. “I feel as though police officers should show the kids, we are not only weapons, but we are tools used to protect you and your family,” Phillips said.
Phillips was one of nearly a dozen Lee County teens who participated in a mock city council meeting that was attended by other teenagers and local officials. They discussed those issues that were closest to their hearts: events targeting youth, housing, and relationships with the police department.
The followed the Robert’s Rules of Order, discussed and passed agenda items, and participated in a civics lesson, all in the course of an hour.
The participants from the Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council meet twice a month at least, and discuss issues faced by young people. This time, they had the opportunity to share issues with the real council members of Fort Myers.