How Can I Get More Involved In My City's Political System?

This has a lot of details and layers, so get ready! I'm 16 years old and I live in a city which is a southern, grimy, broke, drug infested, and under-educated tourist attraction. However, I want to make living and visiting here more bearable, not only for myself, but for everyone. I have so many great ideas... show more This has a lot of details and layers, so get ready! I'm 16 years old and I live in a city which is a southern, grimy, broke, drug infested, and under-educated tourist attraction. However, I want to make living and visiting here more bearable, not only for myself, but for everyone. I have so many great ideas that are cost-effective and will literally transform this town. Most have to do with the issues that I previously mentioned. The only problem is my age. I am fearful that nobody will take me or my requests/suggestions seriously because of it. Who do I talk to to get things started? Do I go to city council first? I am just so lost. Thanks for any answers given! :)
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