For South Side junior Jewel Robinson, the benefits of being on the Mayor’s Youth Council are twofold.
First, she gets a medal at graduation. Second, she gets to help people.
“I want to make a positive influence before I graduate high school,” she said earlier this week in an interview with Hawk TV’s Zaria Williams.
Robinson and the rest of the Mayor’s Youth Council Class of 2025 were sworn in earlier this month during a Jackson City Council meeting. The youth council is comprised of students from Jackson’s public and private schools throughout the city and Madison County.
Robinson said the swearing-in process was “nerve-racking.”
“There were a lot of people watching you,” she said, “but honestly, it was fun and I enjoyed it. I liked the people there and the people that joined.”
The City of Jackson’s website describes the council this way:
“The Mayor’s Youth Council is comprised of approximately 10 high school juniors, one chosen from each high school. The council’s purpose is to weigh in on community issues. MYC enables local officials to be more representative of the community as a whole and improve services that directly affect young people.”
[COVER PHOTO: Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council 2025, including South Side junior Jewel Robinson, pose for a group photo after being sworn-in during the September meeting of the Jackson City Council. (Photo by City of Jackson)]