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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 Virtual Summit was held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 via Zoom. Elements of the program included a workshop on skills for having difficult conversations, small group practice sessions with youth from all over the state and brainstorming sessions to develop ideas to foster difficult conversations in your city, schools, neighborhoods and families.  


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. 

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. 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


2021 Important Dates

  • January – March 31: Community Service Contest

  • April 7-8: CANCELLED: Legislative Action Days in Tallahassee, FL

  • May 1: Youth Council Virtual Summit


  • August 14: CANCELLED: Youth Council Annual Conference Program in Orlando