Mayor's Youth Commission

Apply by Sunday, April 7, 2019 for the first Mayor's Youth Commission.

General Information & Commitment

  • 10th, 11th & 12th grade students (as of May 2020) in public or private school or homeschooled
  • Athens-Clarke County residents
  • Activities will consist of a minimum of 5-8 hours/month between September - May
  • Each youth commissioner will serve no more than 3 years of September - May terms
  • The first scheduled Mayor’s Youth Commission meeting is in September 2019, with the possibility of a meet and greet during summer 2019
  • The inaugural Mayor's Youth Commission will help determine more details about the program

Goals & Mission

The goal of the Mayor’s Youth Commission is to encourage effective youth engagement in Athens-Clarke County and to provide an opportunity for youth voices to communicate directly with local government leadership. The Mayor's Youth Commission will encourage civic engagement and community service while also building a working understanding of how local government works. 

The Mayor's Youth Commission aims to provide young people in the community with meaningful opportunities to contribute their experiences, knowledge, and ideas to help address issues within Athens-Clarke County. 

Athens-Clarke County leadership and staff will follow three core values (adapted from the National League of Cities: Authentic Youth Civic Engagement):

  • Treat youth as valuable partners in the work of local government;
  • Prepare and support youth to take on meaningful roles in addressing important issues; and
  • Respect and listen to youth.