Municipal Youth Councils

Municipal Youth Councils are special citywide councils are composed of students from different high schools within the city. They typically serve as an advisory board to the city commission/council. They are sometimes referred to as Youth Corps, Teen Advisory Boards or Mayor's Youth Councils.

Students who serve on youth councils are the leaders of tomorrow. It is important to expose them to municipal government at an early age. We hope that your city, town or village will consider forming a youth council if you do not already have one. The Guide for Creating a City Youth Council provides a "road map" to help officials who want to create a Youth Council program in their city. The FLC University online learning session, How to Start and Maintain Youth Councils, is also available for viewing to the right. 

The City Government 101 Animated Video is a great way to introduce young people to municipal government operations. You can also download our Youth Council Fun Facts Flyer. Additional resources for teaching youth about city governments are available under Civic Education.

Municipal Youth Council Programs

FLC Annual Conference
The 2018 youth council conference program was held on August 18, at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. (Group picture below) More than 90 youth and 30 advisers attended. To see the reports from the open space meeting, click here. The next youth council program will be held at the World Center Marriott in Orlando on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

FLCityYouth at FLCities2018

Legislative Action Days Civic Education Program  
The Florida League of Cities invites youth councils to attend Legislative Action Days with their elected officials. Legislative Action days with be March 26-27, 2019. The first day will allow youth to set their own agenda for discussions using the Open Space Meeting model, finishing the day at the capitol with their legislators. To read out Open Space Meetings, click here. The second day will consist of visits to local universities. More information about the program is coming soon.   

Community Service Project Contest
The community service (volunteer project) contest showcases current or new youth council projects that address a local need. Click the icon to the right to view the winning projects from 2018. 

Hint for the 2019 community service project contest: See President Longworth’s Priority here.

Video Competition
This year’s video competition asks each council to create an 1-5-minute video to promote what makes their city great. The deadline for submission is September 28, 2018. Click here to download the contest flyer. Winners will be announced during Florida City Government Week. Click the icon to the right to view past winners. 

One-Day Civic Education Tour
For youth councils who are interested in visiting Tallahassee, the League will provide contact information and tips on how to get the most out of Florida’s capital.

Contact Eryn Russell for additional information. 

Photography & Community Service Project Winners

Video Competition Award Winners

Youth Council Webinar