by Mayor Tammy

The start of school always means that change is in the air: new teachers, classmates, curriculum, sports, clubs, etc. It signals the end of summer and the start of a new season is right around the corner in our community. It’s a good time to remind area residents that this brings about changes on the roads and in our neighborhoods.

Drivers need to be aware of students walking or biking to school and busses stopping to pick up area kids. In addition, we hear from many parents about the challenges associated with drop-off and pick-ups at schools and from residents about parking issues in and around schools in many neighborhoods. I ask everyone to be mindful of one another and your neighbors as this change takes place. Be respectful and be safe, and for those of you headed to work, be sure to adjust your commute times in order to make way for this changing season.

Another big change is here at City Hall as we kick off a new year with the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). Last year was the biggest year we’ve seen yet, with more kids joining MYAC than ever before and our advisor, Ken Corder and I are expecting even more this year. Meridian students in grades 9-12 are invited to be a part of MYAC. We’re holding a kickoff event for those who are interested on Monday, August 29 at 6pm or 7:30pm.

Our MYAC students continue to be leaders in the state and our community. Whether it is promoting legislative solutions or social causes that impact our youth, their voices are heard and they are stepping up donating their time and energy. But they are more than advocates and community volunteers – they are also charged with organizing events for their peers and area residents. One of their first objectives will be focused on the Youth Safety Summit in September. It brings in teens from across the state and educates them on the dangers of texting and driving, as well as the effects of bullying and drugs and alcohol. Teens say the one day interactive event is a game changer and sets the tone for the school year.

This fall the group will also get to witness last year’s participatory budgeting come to fruition with the opening of a permanent outdoor gym at Tully Park. This is a historic moment for Idaho – in that these teens piloted this participatory budgeting exercise for the first time, helping to direct funds to an amenity the community has wanted for quite some time!

Leading the charge for our MYAC group this year is a new Executive Council comprised of students from each high school, including Charter and Home Schools. New this year – they plan to focus on middle school outreach. This is great way to connect our high school leaders with middle school students in our community.

I have high expectations again for this group. They have a passion for their community that is inspiring. I have no doubt we are in for another successful school year!

For more information about MYAC and this year’s orientation meetings, visit

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