Youth city councils are designed to involve youth in solving community problems. They learn to organize activities and service for themselves and to participate with their adult counterparts in city programs. Youth leaders take on roles of developing communication among community groups and with other young people in the community.
Goals of Youth Council:
Become more aware of community leaders and their concerns
Identify community opportunities and problems that involve youth
Set priorities for action
Examine alternatives for best solutions
Assist the City Council in action programs
Become more involved in the democratic process
Youth City Council Members 2016 - 2017
L to R: Kirsten Keblish, photographer; Alex Sletta, board member; Reede Nasser, board member; Kali Watkins, board member; Mrs. D; Sean Lydon, vice mayor; Christain Gordon, website administrator; and Maya Levine, mayor.
Mayor Pro Tem
Public Relations / Events Chair
A Brief History of Youth City Councils
The Youth City Council (YCC) program was originally started as part of Utah Community Progress (UCP) and was sponsored by Utah State University Extension Service, Utah League of Cities and Towns, and the Utah Department of Economic Development. The first Youth City Council in Utah was organized in Hyrum City, Utah. Then Hyrum Mayor Bruce Darley and Utah State University Community Development Specialists Wes Maughan and Jeri Winger were instrumental in starting this first youth city council. The number of cities participating grew to the point that an association of youth councils was formed in 1992. This non-profit association provides continued leadership for YCCs throughout Utah. Their mission is to provide opportunities for youth to develop mature citizenship, leadership, a sense of personal achievement and an understanding of government.
Youth City Council Accomplishments:
Some communities have seen their youth city councils take the lead in the following ways:
providing senior citizen outreach
developing park property
initiating successful drug abuse prevention programs
conducting anti-vandalism campaigns, voter awareness activities and community celebrations
How Do I Apply?
Read the requirements.
Fill out an application.
Have an interview.
Get ready to serve!
Thank you for your interest in serving on the Park City Youth Council (PCYC). This program will provide you with a great opportunity for leadership, community involvement, and service. PCYC will serve from September 2016 to April 2017.
Part of the application process includes you completing the activities listed below. Failure to complete any of these requirements may keep you from being accepted on the council.
1. Attend at least 75% of all youth council meetings and service activities throughout the year.
2. Set a proper example to the community at all times.
3. Actively participate in all meetings and activities. We will meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm. We will have two service activities per year which will qualify for any National Honor Society credits.
4. Attend the Local Officials Day at the State Capital on January 25th, 2017 for an all -day event with city officials, state legislatures and other Youth Councils from around the State.
5. Attend one Park City Council meeting prior to your interview, at Marsac City Hall. You can find the agenda here http://www.parkcity.org/government/city-council . You must sign in to get credit for being there. Plan to attend for at least one hour to observe how these meetings are conducted, who runs the meeting, and how discussions take place. It is important to understand that the Park City Youth Council is run the same way.
Everyone who completes the above-mentioned requirements will have a personal interview with PCYC leaders on September ……. at City Hall. If your last name begins with A-K, come between ……. If your last name begins with L-Z, come between ……………. Upon completion of the interviews, we will select our new Park Youth Council and notify all applicants by email. You will be notified in that letter of our first meeting time and place.