Friday, September 22, 2018, during the Chatham County Commission meeting, the Honorable Al Scott, Chairman of the Chatham County Commission gave the oath of office to 37 Chatham County Youth Commissioners, appointing them to serve as the representatives of youth of Chatham County. 12 of these young people are new candidates and 25 are returning for another term.
The Youth Commission was founded by Dr. Priscilla D. Thomas in 1991 and is directed by Van Johnson. Summer 2018 activities included tours of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Chatham County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office, Memorial Health, Chatham Area Transit and attendance at the Chatham County Commission and Savannah City Council meetings. Since its inception, over 600 Chatham County youth have graduated from the program and are all over the country doing positive things and are active in the communities in which they live. This program has been replicated in Fulton County (Atlanta), GA, Alachua County (Gainesville), FL, Savannah, GA (Savannah Youth Council), Prince George’s County, MD, Cass County (Fargo), ND and Dougherty County, (Albany), GA, Riverdale, GA and Newnan, GA, Miami-Dade County, FL, DeKalb County, GA, Gwinnett County, GA and Macon-Bibb County, GA.
The names of the 2018 Chatham County Youth Commission are as follows: Ms. Riche’ Williams (Chair), Ms. A’lani Coppock (Vice Chair), Mr. Jared Pacheco (Secretary), Ms. Domonique Barnes (Parliamentarian), Ms. Aisha Duck (Executive Member), Mr. Jonathan Gibson (Executive Member), Ms. Auriel Lofton (Executive Member), Ms. Kayah Brantley, Mr. Demony Brown, Mr. Timothy Daniels, Mr. Eli Darling, Ms. Lindsey Dixon, Ms. Madison Dubroc, Ms. Mariah George, Mr. Stacey Golden, Mr. Ivan Gooding, Ms. Taylor Goodly, Ms. Kyra Harris, Ms. Anna Hill, Mr. Martin Hina, Ms. Sahera Howard, Ms. Shaniya Howard, Ms. Samantha Jenkins, Ms. Michaela Kaigler, Ms. Ariana Kalantari, Ms. Maria Lotson, Mr. Virendra Mirchandani, Ms. Catherine Morris, Mr. Raekwon Patrick, Mr. Langston Redden, Mr. Nykobe Richardson, Ms. Kaydriana Simpson, Mr. Illya Snyder, Mr. Quincy Taylor, Ms. Anye’ Terry, Mr. Rio Washington, and Ms. Kennedi White.