The Youth Commission is a unique opportunity for teens to experience how a local government operates. Participants develop leadership skills through engagement with city officials and departments. The format helps students to express their voices on a variety of youth-related issues such as recreation opportunities, special events, and youth programming. The Youth Commission meets monthly and is open to entering and current high school students in Goodyear.
The council provides leadership opportunities for students to learn about the community and become involved in projects and initiatives in the Town of Superior.
The Mayor’s Youth Council is a dynamic group of high school students dedicated to serving their community through volunteerism and civic participation. The MYC provides Fountain Hills youth with opportunities to present their perspectives on youth issues by serving as a liaison to the Mayor, Town Council, and youth, and learn how government functions as well as create and lead programs that appeal to high-school students. More than a community service organization, the MYC instills leadership skills that participants will use their entire lives.
The Town will continue our Fountain Hills Cares Series with “Social Media and Mental Health Issues,” featuring experts on how social media platforms affect youth and how parents can stay in touch with their children. According to the Pew Research Center, 81% of American teens use social media, putting a large population at an increased risk of feeling anxious, depressed, or ill over social media use, thus affecting all aspects of their lives. Partners for this event include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Salt River Schools.
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.