Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
11:56 am EDT
Sunday, October 25, 2020

A ‘Champion’ community, Clermont initiates youth council

A Youth Council aimed at giving South Lake County High School students an opportunity to learn about city government was recently launched by the city of Clermont.

“Ten students applied for the program: five from South Lake High School, three from Lake Minneola High School, two from East Ridge High School,” says Clermont City Clerk Tracy Ackroyd Howe, the program sponsor.

These students will meet for six months for an up-close look at many of the city departments, and then collaborate in creating a project beneficial to either the city departments or the community. Once approved by the city council, the program will be implemented.

“Several Council members expressed an interest in offering this program,” said City Manager Darren Gray. “We are excited about connecting with our younger citizens.”

The purpose of the program is to encourage young people to give back to the community and pursue careers in public administration.

Recently awarded the 2018 Healthy Community Champions Award by state health officials for the third year in a row, Clermont is the only Lake County city to be named this year.

“We are grateful to have this honor that underscores our commitment of being a city that is the ‘Choice of Champions’,” says Gray.

Clermont is one of 46 communities in Florida to receive the award in 201, which honors local governments that encourage physical activity and improved nutrition. Such environments include healthy living at home, work and play, and creating open spaces, farmers’ markets, and improvements in indoor/outdoor air and water quality.

“I am pleased to recognize local communities who have shown a special commitment to improving the health of their residents,” says Dr. Celeste Philip, state surgeon general and secretary. “Their efforts to implement policies that empower residents and visitors to improve their health are an important part of creating healthy environments throughout Florida.

Clermont has 24 parks and co-sponsors a number of healthy initiatives, including a new event this year called “Cycle & Seek.”