Just like their adult counterparts, they will talk a lot about the problems and issues facing West Jordan.

On the other hand, the members of West Jordan's new youth council won't try to raise your taxes, rezone the property next door, increase your water rates or widen local roads.They will be learning a lot, however, about their community and the system that governs it.

The city is in the process of organizing a youth council that will parallel the organization of the City Council, complete with a mayor and six council members.

Interested youth in the seventh through 12th grades are invited to apply for the position of youth mayor, two at-large council seats, or one of the four positions representing the city's four council districts.

The youth mayor and two at-large members will be appointed, while the other four seats will be filled by local teens voting at a Youth General Election that will be scheduled later.

Kathy Hilton, a former councilwoman who is serving as adviser to the youth council, said the program is intended to give West Jordan teens first-hand experience with leadership and government.

Applications are due by Oct. 28 and can be turned in at schools or the administration office at City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road, on the third floor.

There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for youth candidates at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the council chambers. In addition, there will be two leadership conferences on Nov. 12 and 25 to help prepare candidates for interviews that will be on Dec. 9.

The youth council will be selected and sworn in during the Dec. 15 City Council meeting, and council members will meet during school break to appoint committee heads for the coming year.

The youth council will convene at least twice a month to consider city business and will meet quarterly with Mayor Donna Evans and the adult council to talk over community concerns.

Youth council members will also be asked to propose projects to benefit the city and its youth.

Additional information is available by contacting Hilton in the evenings at 562-5728.