MYAC: Making Mukilteo a better place
When people ask me what activity I have enjoyed the most over the past two years, my answer is always the same. It’s MYAC.
The Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee (or MYAC, pronounced “emm-yak”) is made up of a group of students living in the city of Mukilteo who work with a few city councilmembers and the assistant city administrator to engage in work projects and to generally act as role models for the youth of our community.
Despite its name, it is the first place where I have felt that I was truly treated as an adult.
When I joined MYAC back in the fall of 2010, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into. I joined on a whim, hoping to get a sense of what life was like in local politics.
That year, our group of students and city officials went through regime changes, recycling drama, and plenty of pizza. At the end of the year, all we had to show for ourselves was a campus clean-up day at Kamiak High School.
While this event was a success by and large, this wasn’t what I thought I was signing up for at the beginning of the year. We could be doing more.
Fast-forward a summer and MYAC is back in business. This time we tackled a project on a larger scale: “Play it Forward!” – a benefit concert on May 18 at Rosehill Community Center which raised $2,700 for elementary school music programs in the Mukilteo School District.
That event, which included a performance by the reigning Miss Washington, Brittney Henry, and a fantastic emcee in the form of Jesse Jones from KING 5 News, made the year a tremendous success for the organization.
From coordinating with non-profits such as the Kamiak Performing Arts Boosters and Tri-M, to bickering amongst ourselves as to the best way to go about planning such an event, everyone on the planning committee (headed by Kirsten Collison, Sam Short, and myself) learned a lot about themselves and what it takes to work effectively as a team.
Over my two years with the group I have made friends with some of Mukilteo’s movers and shakers, including Councilmember Randy Lord, who was more than happy to help me out when I came to him looking for a political internship at the last minute.
He put me in contact with one of his friends, who talked to his friend, who called me about an internship with Congressman Rick Larsen’s campaign. If I hadn’t spent time with MYAC, I wouldn’t be in the place that I am today.
Another unsung hero of City Hall is Krystn McArthur, the assistant to the city administrator. She worked closely with all of us on the Youth Advisory Committee, sending emails, printing flyers, and making everything run smoothly. This woman deserves a medal.
Everyone on the committee deserves recognition and congratulations from the community, but that’s not what MYAC is here for. We just want to make Mukilteo a better place for youth, for adults, and for our future.
While I’m sad to be leaving, I know that MYAC will keep growing and growing. I can honestly say that I am excited to see what this amazing group of young people tackles next year.
The city of Mukilteo is accepting applications for the Youth Advisory Committee. If you are between the ages of 14-18 and have a passion for being involved in your community, apply for the committee by July 9. For more information, contact Krystn McArthur at 425-263-8003.