Youth City Council
Our award-winning Youth City Council is a city-sponsored organization made up of local high school students. Through this organization, high school students learn about their city government while participating in civic service and getting involved in their community.
Civic engagement is the root of our Youth City Council program. We believe that getting high school students invested and involved in their community helps build a strong foundation for South Salt Lake’s future while teaching our youth valuable leadership skills. Just like our motto says, we are “Youth On The Move!” local high school students. Through this organization, high school students learn about their city government while participating in civic service and getting involved in their community.
Columbus Center Name Change
You may know that the Youth City Council gained support of community memebers and large city stakeholders in support of a name change for the Columus Center. See their Proposal on the sidebar of this webapge which includes ways for you to get involved.
What We Do
The Youth City Council meets twice monthly during the school calendar year; once for a regular meeting and once for city events and service projects. During the regular meeting, members discuss current events and learn about legislative debate and service opportunities.
During the second monthly meeting, members participate in an event or service project around the city, including:
- Sub for Santa
- Angel Tree
- Breakfast with Santa
- Halloween Spooktacular
- Recreation Department Programs
- Police Department Service Projects
- Annual SSL 5k Run
- Volunteering at the Men’s Resource Center
- Volunteering at the Columbus Senior Center
In addition, members of the council are encouraged to attend one city council meeting each month.
CADCA Conference - Members of the YCC are encouraged to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Conference in Washington D.C. For more information, visit the CADCA website.
Awards and Commendations
- 1st Place Award for Excellence, 20 Members or Less - 2010
- 1st Place Award for Excellence, 20 Members or Less - 2011
- 1st Place Award for Excellence, 20 Members or Less - 2013
- Mayor’s Youth Volunteer Award - 2013
- Presidential Service Award - 2010-2020
Members of the YCC also have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for the CADCA conference. Here they learn what to look for in our community concerning drug abuse, as well as solutions to bring back to our community. In the past, members have hosted related CADCA panels at the Youth City Council Leadership Institute and taught other youth city councils.
How do I sign up?
Applications can be found by clicking the link in the right sidebar. Fill out the form and we will get back to you shortly!
What requirements do I need to meet to be a part of the Youth City Council?
We encourage highly qualified junior high and high school youth who live in South Salt Lake to apply for a position with the Youth City Council.
Does it cost anything to sign up?
No, Youth City Council is open and free to anyone who meets the requirements.
What kind of time commitment should I expect?
Members typically spend 3-5 hours per month attending meetings and assisting with community events or volunteer opportunities.