Mayor's Youth Council

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

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M Y C (2)MAYOR'S YOUTH council overview

The City of Clarksville’s Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of young people working toward the common purpose of developing their individual leadership skills to strengthen their community through volunteer service and increased communication with elected officials. We are looking for students who are interested in developing and leading initiatives with the support of adult mentors. 

The Mayor’s Youth Council is more than just a service club because members also train and involve their peers in service leadership. They also provide valuable insight on issues affecting youth and the community.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Council is to:

  • Acquaint participants with knowledge concerning the operation of Clarksville City government and other City agencies
  • Raise youth-related issues with elected officials
  • Decide on Pod service project campaigns individually and corporately as the MYC which then can be presented to the City Council & Mayor
  • Recruit volunteers for service projects
  • Practice public speaking, problem-solving, and debating skills

STRUCTURE

The Mayor’s Youth Council is:

  • Made up of 50-60 members
  • Made up of juniors and seniors from the following schools:
    Clarksville AcademyClarksville Christian AcademyClarksville High School
    Home SchoolsJohn Paul II High SchoolKenwood High School
    Middle CollegeMontgomery Central High SchoolNortheast High School
    Northwest High SchoolRossview High School
    West Creek High School
  • Divided into 6 Pods
    POD 1SOCIAL JUSTICE
    POD 2FOOD AND HOUSING
    POD 3PUBLIC HEALTH
    POD 4EDUCATION
    POD 5CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
    POD 6ENVIRONMENT
  • Scheduled to meet as an entire Council once a month via zoom but expected to meet individual pods more often as needed
  • Tasked to serve one term which coincides with CMCSS's academic year (August-May)
  • Required to perform at least 2 hours of volunteer service monthly

How Do I Apply?

  • Apply online by May 1, 2021. Prospective members apply in the Spring and are selected by May 15, 2021.
  • Complete the waiver form and attach it to your online application form.
  • Complete the online application form according to the instructions. The application form requires you to write a 300-500 word essay. 
  • Obtain one reference from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal. Persons providing these references should not be related to you.
  • Possess an accrued grade point average of 2.75, based on a 4.0 system.
  • Essay topics: Mayor’s Youth Council is especially focused on the importance of community service. "What service project ideas could you bring to the Council?” or “If selected for the Mayor’s Youth Council, I would like to address the following issues concerning youth in Clarksville."

Apply now!

Waiver Form 

SELECTION PROCESS

A Selection Committee will choose participants for the Mayor’s Youth Council based on interest in learning about City government, learning about their community, commitment to positive self-growth, and demonstrated leadership ability. Selection procedures will include a “blind” review of all applications. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s selections by email.

MEETINGS

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will take place once a month on ZOOM while individual pods (due to smaller size) will be able to meet individually following safety guidelines of mask-wearing and social distancing.

WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH US?

Please email us at parksrec@cityofclarksville.com or call our main office at 931.645.7476.

Also, don't forget to follow us on Instagram @clarksvillemyc