MUNICIPAL YOUTH COUNCILS

Florida League of Cities


Engaging young people with the work of local government is key to cultivating the next generation of civic leaders. 

 

Municipal Youth Councils are special citywide councils 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 your city, town or village will consider forming a youth council if you do not already have one. Contact Eryn Russell for additional information. 

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Municipal Youth Council Programs


Youth Council Annual Conference Program

The 2022 Annual Conference Program will be held on August 13, 2022 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. This program, which brings together over 100 youth from across the state, provides an opportunity for youth councils to work together on municipal issues, share ideas with peers and bring solutions back to their local communities. 

Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program  
The 2022 Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program has been cancelled. Programs in the past have included meetings with state legislators, mock legislative sessions, tours of local colleges and more. 

Community Service Contest
The 2022 Community Service Contest asks youth councils to submit current or new youth council projects that address a local need with local action. The deadline to submit is April 15, 2022. View Brochure │ Submit Project

Video or Photo Competition
The video or photo competition, held each fall, provides a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their communities. The 2021 video competition asks councils, “What is the most critical youth issue your council would like to address in the upcoming year?”

2021 Municipal Youth Council Video Competition Winners

Council2College Scholarship
The 2022 Council2College Scholarship is now accepting applications. This essay contest assists Florida municipal youth council leaders who are pursuing post-high school education. The councils also must be active in the League’s youth council programs. The deadline to submit applications is April 29, 2022. View Brochure

One-Day Civic Education Tour
The capital of Florida hosts a multitude of educational and historical opportunities for youth councils. The Florida League of Cities has compiled suggestions and basic information to help you plan your visit here

Important Dates


  • January – April 15, 2022 – Community Service Contest
  • February 8-9, 2022 – Legislative Action Days in Tallahassee
  • August – October 2022 – Video Competition
  • August 13, 2022 – Annual Conference Youth Council Program