LOCAL 4492
Empowering Youth: Councilman Rodriguez, Firefighters, and Local Business’ Unite
Updated On: Mar 14, 2024
Councilman Mark Rodriguez is the City Council Liaison to the Sierra Vista Youth Commission, who are blazing a trail for our local youth.

The commission partnered with Peach's Pantry to create the Youth Leadership Fund. Through that fund, the Professional Firefighters of Sierra Vista, local businesses, and donors are able to contribute to their efforts. This fund will ensure their vital community projects and educational trips proceed. The Professional Firefighters of Sierra Vista, always ready to support and protect, have stepped up, sponsoring our local youth's participation in their most ambitious project yet; a transformative trip to Washington DC.

This March, selected young leaders had planned to immerse themselves in the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional Conference's Youth Delegate Program. Although they fell short of their fundraising goal of $13,000 and weren't able to register for the official conference in time, they were still able to experience the workings of our government first-hand. They were able to be in the US Capitol providing their direct feedback on border issues and social media issues to the Congressman and Senators who represent the District surrounding the Sierra Vista Community. To be present in the same building where legislation is actively taking place that directly affects their community was priceless! They were also able to get an informative tour of the US Capitol building, one of the most historical buildings in our Country. They also visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Finally, they were also able to visit historic monuments along the National Mall, which without a doubt, enhanced this once in a lifetime trip opportunity. Despite not being able to get into the official conference they were still able to network with other youth from cities and towns across the US, as well as the Elected Officials from those cities and towns who encouraged them to continue their endeavors.

The Professional Firefighters of Sierra Vista, L4492 are the largest sponsor to date, donating $2,500 to cover a portion of their trip expenses. Your firefighters' contribution underscores a deep commitment to nurturing future leaders, demonstrating belief in our youth's potential. This initiative reflects our collective responsibility to foster a supportive environment for young minds to flourish. Councilman Rodriguez's efforts, supported by your community's generosity, emphasize the power of collective action in shaping brighter futures. By investing in our youth, we're investing in a better tomorrow. Let's continue to fuel this positive change, supporting our youth's journey toward becoming tomorrow's leaders. Together, we're not just building a better community; we're shaping the world of tomorrow.

Contact Info
IAFF Local 4492
PO Box 553
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

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