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Municipal Youth Councils

Youth Concils

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 2021 Youth Council Annual Conference Program has been cancelled. 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 back solutions to their local communities. 

 

Youth Council Virtual Summit Program
The next Youth Council Virtual Summit will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Having candid conversations has become increasingly important as our cities face a multitude of challenges from the covid-19 pandemic, to racial injustice, to an increase in natural disasters. The Virtual Summit will allow for youth councils from across the state to come together to candidly discuss the challenges facing Florida’s youth and communities. Led by our regular teacher and guide, Dr. Scott Paine, and FLC Ambassador Shwanda Barnette, this youth council virtual event will focus on this mission. Register here for the program. The deadline to register is Friday, October 1, 2021.

 

Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program  
The 2022 Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program will be held February 8-9, 2022 in Tallahassee. Programs in the past have included meetings with state legislators, mock legislative sessions, tours of local colleges and more.

   

Community Service Contest

The community service contest, held each spring, asks youth councils to submit current or new youth council projects that address a local need with local action. Click here to view past winners. 

Council2College Scholarship
The FLC Council2College Scholarship is an essay contest that assists Florida municipal youth council leaders who are pursuing post-high school education. The Florida League of Cities scholarship is open only to youth councils sponsored by a city, town or village government that is a member of the Florida League of Cities. The councils also must be active in the League’s youth council programs. 

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

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?” The deadline to submit is October 29, 2021. Click here to view the brochure. Click here to view past winners. Submit Photos


Important Dates


  • October 9, 2021 – Youth Council Virtual Summit

  • October 29, 2021 – Video Competition Deadline

  • February 8-9, 2022 – Legislative Action Days in Tallahassee