The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is a leadership opportunity where students learn about the community and have opportunities to contribute and give feedback to Town of Gilbert leaders. Participants are asked to volunteer in a variety of capacities as well as assist the Town Council in identifying and finding solutions to complex topics impacting all our residents.
Created with input from teens and operated by the Phoenix Department of Parks and Recreation, PHXteens provides opportunities for youth to engage with their communities through consistent, unified programming at sites across the City. The initiative has produced a range of materials and resources that help facilitate youth engagement, including a mobile recreation van, promotional videos and posters, and an active social media presence.
In 1980 the City of Tempe recognized the need for youth voice and input into issues that affect them and formed the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. Forty years later, the Commission continues to play a critical role in developing solutions for persistent issues, such as depression, pregnancy, substance abuse, and violence. Reporting directly to the Mayor and City Council, members include 18–24, eighth to twelfth grade youth who reside in or attend school in Tempe and represent a variety of perspectives and interests across the community.
In 2017 Mayor Robert Uribe and the Douglas City Council established the first-ever City Youth Council. Council members are students enrolled in public, private, charter, virtual, and home schools, grades eight through 12, who reflect the diversity of the City’s youth. Members review problems facing youth, reach out to the community to collaboratively form potential solutions, and meet with the Mayor and City Council to discuss how to implement the strategies. Members also assist in planning youth and recreation activities in conjunction with the City of Douglas Recreation Department, Public Library, and Youth Activities Fund.