Mayor announces call for applications for Mayor's Youth Council
Youth ages 14 to 18 can learn more about city government, decision making and civic engagement by being part of the Mayor's Youth Council.
The initiative is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 term. It is modeled after the elected Houston City Council and consists of a chair, city secretary, 11 district and five at-large council positions and 11 council senior aide posts.
"The Mayors Youth Council presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for young, aspiring leaders of tomorrow to gain an understanding of how city government works and develop strong leadership skills," said Mayor Annise Parker in a press release. "They explore the issues of their communities, have a say on matters impacting youth and learn the value of civic action and community service."
Applicants must reside or attend schools in Houston to be eligible and should demonstrate a genuine interest in city government and youth-related issues, possess strong organizational skills and work well with young people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Deadline to submit applications is Friday, Sept. 7 and must be submitted online. All questions must be answered fully and completely as incomplete applications will not be considered.
A panel of youth and adult advisers will review applications. Those selected will be given a personal interview with members of the panel, who will announce decisions in late September or early October.
Application forms and guidelines are available at houstontx.gov/myc. Those interested may look up their city council districts and the names of respective city council officials by visiting cbtcws.cityofhouston.gov/zipcodes.
The Mayor's Youth Council is administered by the Mayor's Volunteer Initiatives Program, which is a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. For more information about the department, visit houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.