Municipal Youth Councils (#FLCityYouth)

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 Youth Council Development Guide provides a "road map" to help officials and city staff 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.

2019 Municipal Youth Council Program Important Dates

  • January – March 13: Community Service Contest (Submissions due March 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM)
  • March 26-27: Legislative Action Days in Tallahassee, FL
  • August – September: Video Competition (Submission deadline TBA)
  • August 17: Youth Council Summit at Annual Conference in Orlando, FL

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 about Open Space Meetings, click here. The second day will consist of visits to local universities. More information about the program is coming soon. Click here to view a tentative agenda.

Community Service Project Contest
Youth councils are invited to submit current or new youth council projects that address a local need with local action. Maybe it’s organizing a neighborhood clean-up, hosting an educational event about Home Rule, organizing a food drive to benefit the elderly, establishing a community garden or building a little free library.

This year’s contest asks Youth Councils to create a 2-5 minute video showcasing youth in action addressing a local need. The deadline to enter is March 13, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. You can find the submission form here. Click here to download the brochure. Need some help getting started? View Tips for Success.

Video Competition
The 2018 video competition asked each council to create an 1-5-minute video to promote what makes their city great. The winners were announced during Florida City Government Week. Click here 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