The Walking In Authority Teen Council was officially formed as the Forest Park Teen Council in 2008 by then Mayor Pro-Tem Sparkle K. Adams with a group of students from Forest Park. In January 2010, students ages 13-19 from local middle and high schools were referred to Mayor Pro-Tem Adams to run for office. The offices included Teen Mayor, Councilperson, City Manager, and City Attorney. In February 2009, the student body elected 47 students to serve in these capacities. An official swearing-in was held and the teen council began its work.
The name was officially changed to Walking In Authority Teen Council, Inc. in June 2016 promoting positive relationships among youth from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Through our reorganization, we developed working committees to be more efficient and effective in accomplishing our new goal of “Aspire to Inspire”; our mission to LEARN (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Responsibility, and Networking); our vision of looking into the future using our LENS (Leadership, Education, Networking that leads to Success). We visited Tuskegee to help honor the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen and toured the campus; radio interviews; military ceremonies, etc. We became official nominators for the POSSE Foundation, Inc. to help students with college tuition. We have several educational trips scheduled and continue to bring in speakers from various professions. We also continue to seek fundraising efforts to assist us with expenses. Throughout the years, the organization evolved into a youth development organization committed to facilitating ongoing civic engagement and social responsibility for youth.