Friday, September 29, 2023

Fourth Generation of S.K.I.L. Students Kick-Off the Year Talking About Leadership

The community’s youth leadership program S.K.I.L. (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership), kicked-off its first meeting with the fourth generation of students on Monday, October 15 with Mayor Laura Hill and Council Member Chris Archer to discuss leadership in the community.

More than four years ago, Mayor Laura Hill envisioned a youth leadership program that would create better decision makers by engaging students in their community. From this vision, S.K.I.L. was formed and has become a valuable and highly sought after program. Students in the program are selected from Carroll Senior High School at the beginning of each academic year. The program allows students to participate in a meaningful way to make the Southlake community better.

“This is the fourth year for the program and it keeps getting better every year. We have to make sure our youth and future generations are equipped with good leaders and S.K.I.L. is just the right tool to help make that happen,” said Mayor Laura Hill.

Training future leaders brings in a new generation of fresh ideas and helps to foster an interest in good government. “I am beyond excited to welcome this new group of leaders and work with them. The program creates meaningful life experiences for the students that they can take with them in future leadership roles,” said Deputy Director of Economic Development & Tourism Daniel Cortez.

This year’s group of S.K.I.L. students will get to work with the City on various topics such as finance, infrastructure and development in addition to working with Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. One new addition to the program this year is a youth entrepreneurship focus where the students will work with the program’s newest partner, TD Ameritrade, to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.

This year’s selected S.K.I.L. students are: Emma Cave, Christopher Ciccone, Trevor Easton, Eric Eaton, Chase Gardiner, Olivia Hein, Nadia Khalil, Lauren Kim, Emily Kennedy, Sachi Kishinchandani, Zeena Mahmud, Kelli Nusspickel, Sophia Polisetty, Ryan Sahihi, Rohun Shroff, Simrun Shroff, Farees Syed, Pablo Valderrama Pena, Matthew Vinson, Michelle Wu.

For more information about the S.K.I.L. Program click here.

Call for Volunteers – Be a Part of Southlake’s Boards and Commissions

Do you want to be part of the City of Southlake team? The City Council is seeking residents who want to be engaged in their community and help support the City Council in their mission.

On June 19, 2018, the Mayor and City Council will make appointments to the Building Board of Appeals, Parks and Recreation Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Southlake Parks Development Corporation, and Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Citizens interested in helping their local government in the areas of park facilities, zoning cases, and commercial or residential development are encouraged to complete an application for a board or commission. Applications may be obtained from the City’s website.

Each appointment is for a term of two years unless appointed to fulfill an existing vacancy for an unexpired term. It takes a team to run a City, and City Council wants you to be a part of their team. If you have the desire and the commitment to devote to our community, please complete an application and email it to or fax it to (817) 748-8270 in the City Secretary’s Office.

You can also mail or hand-deliver your application to the City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Main Street, Suite 270, Southlake, Texas 76092. Applications must be received no later than May 1.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

At the April 3, 2018 City Council Meeting, Mayor Laura Hill and the City Council presented the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation, recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Southlake.

Every child deserves a nurturing family and safe environment to grow into a healthy, productive member of the community; and,

Whereas, child abuse is one of our nation’s most serious public health problems and threatens the safety of our community; and,

Whereas, 5,630 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Tarrant County in 2017; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided child-focused services to 2,310 children in 2017; and,

Whereas, Alliance For Children provided prevention education to over 50,000 adults and children in Tarrant County in 2017; and,

Whereas, effective child abuse prevention, investigation and treatment programs succeed because of partnerships among public and private agencies, schools, religious organizations, medical services, and the business community; and,

Whereas, everyone should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping caregivers raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2018, as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city of Southlake, Texas, and urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in the years to come.