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“Youth leadership programs are important to our city because these programs help initiate and foster leadership among youth through educational opportunities and outreach. I’m excited about the opportunity to expose local youth to the operation of our local government, build their leadership skills, and foster their need to become more involved in helping with youth related issues.” - Mayor Tony Paulk

Savannah Cothern and Zemiria Bussey

The Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council (DMYC) held its first meeting on August 9, 2018, for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Items on the agenda included discussion about the social media pages for the Youth Council, recognition of youth in our community, and recognition of the first participant in the Teen Court program.  The council also heard presentations from Stevie Young (Parks & Recreation Director) and Mike Bazell (Ambitious Young Men) about their programs, followed by the Jr. Public Information report.

Each month the DMYC will highlight a member of the MYC and recognize an outstanding youth in our community.  For the month of August, the council member that was highlighted was Ms. Savannah Cothern, the Jr. Mayor Pro Tem and Jr. Commissioner for Ward 6.  She is the daughter of Raybo and Dorothy Carver. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Ms. Cothern is in the 12th grade, senior of Coffee County Career Academy and also dually enrolled at Wiregrass Regional Technical College. She is in skills USA at her school. Savannah is a senior 4-H member and won 3rd place at state congress for dairy foods this summer. Savannah’s future aspirations are to obtain a degree in Business Administration and would love to work for and serve the city of Douglas one day.

"I have learned many leadership and communication skills within this club and the Mayor's Youth Council,” says Cothern. "The DMYC has become a big influence in my everyday life and I have learned so much about government operations. I look forward to serving in the Douglas Teen Court program as well".  

The community youth chosen to spotlight for August is Ms. Zemiria Bussey. Zemiria is an Honor Graduate of the 2018 Class of Coffee High School and was dually enrolled at South Georgia State College. While attending school, Ms. Bussey had 14 years of perfect attendance.  Out of the 477 graduates in 2018, Zemiria was ranked 36.  Ms. Bussey was also a 4 year scholar athlete.

The Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council meets each third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers.  The MYC wants to hear from citizens about youth in our community that are doing exceptional things with their lives.  To submit a youth to be recognized, please contact Dinitra Williams, Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council Coordinator, at or call the City Clerk’s office at (912) 389-3405.

Dinitra Williams

The City of Douglas announced at the Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council that Dinitra Williams will be the coordinator for the Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council and Douglas-Coffee County Teen Court. 

Dinitra Williams is a Douglas native who is a 1988 graduate of Coffee High School.  She is the daughter of Willie Williams and Shirley Porter.  Williams has two children, Calvin Coates, Jr. and Aaliyah Winborn.  Williams has degrees from Waycross College, Southeastern Technical College and Valdosta State University in Business Administration.  After working with Telamon Corporation for nearly 20 years, Williams is planning to return to college to obtain her Masters Degree.  She is a member of the Empowerment Center International Ministries. 

“Dinitra has been a vital part of the process in implementing the Mayor’s Youth Council and establishing our Teen Court,” says Wynetta Bolder, City Clerk.  “She loves working with our youth and is providing positive leadership for them.”

The Mayor’s Youth Council held its first meeting for the school year on August 9, 2018.  The Douglas-Coffee County Teen Court hopes to begin in September.  For more information about DYMC or the Teen Court program, please contact Dinitra Williams at .


The mission of the Douglas Mayor's Youth Council is to broaden the scope of youth leadership in Douglas, Georgia through volunteerism, service and initiatives that are directed toward allowing youth input into policy issues, identification of youth issues, and participation in the development of positive solutions.  

 The Douglas Mayor's Youth Council (DYC) will:
  • Involve youth in local government through participation on local boards and committees.
  • Increase youth voice and communication in Douglas' future direction
  • Increase volunteerism among youth in civic affairs
  • Enchance civic education through teacher training 

Opportunities will be presented for youth to become involved in social and political processes so that they may develop leadership, a sense of personal achievement, and an understanding of government. This youth advisory council will be used a platform to discuss issues such as school violence, underage drinking, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, teen entertainment, racial tension, community involvement, safety awareness, driver's education, etc.


REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2018.  Sign up today - download needed registration information here!  

DMYC Application

DMYC Overview (tentative - dates and topics subject to change)

  • Must be a 9-12 grade student of Coffee County public, private, or home school.
  • Must have G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must be nominated by local principals, school counselors, the Mayor or Commissioners.

As a Douglas Mayor's Youth Council Member, students will be expected to:
  • Maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct and Council Bylaws
  • Attend Orientation
  • Commit to a one - two year term; or until graduation
  • Attend Regular Monthly Meetings
  • Attend Work Session and City Commission Meetings
  • Attend networking opportunities with other Mayor Youth Councils in Georgia
  • Attend the Annual Retreat in order to set goals and objectives for the year
  • Attend GMA Conference that is held in January
  • Attend Legislative Days in Atlanta
  • Participate in the Monthly Television Show
  • Participate in Teen Voting
  • Participate in Back to School events
  • Plan and host Mayor's Youth Summit

Youth Council members will be selected through a competitive application process. Our primary criteria for selection will be a demonstration that the young person wants to make a difference in Douglas.
  • Application
  • Extracurricular Activity
  • Leadership Skills and Ability
  • Community Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Recommendations
  • Interest in serving on the Council
  • Interview

For more information, please contact the City of Douglas City Clerk's office at (912)389-3405 or email or check us out on Facebook!

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