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Are you a passionate young leader looking to make a difference in your community? Look no further! The Madison the City Mayor’s Youth Council is a dynamic platform designed to empower and engage the youth of our community in civic leadership and service.

What is the Madison the City Mayor’s Youth Council?

The Madison the City Mayor’s Youth Council is a prestigious program that provides a unique opportunity for motivated young individuals to actively participate in local government and contribute to the betterment of our city. Serving as a bridge between youth and local governance, our council aims to amplify the voices of young people and address issues that matter most to them while also learning how local government is run and operates.

Requirements for Membership:

Joining our esteemed Youth Council comes with certain responsibilities and expectations. Here are the requirements:

  1. Age Eligibility: Applicants must be rising 10th through 12th grade attending a school in the City of Madison. We believe in fostering the development of emerging leaders during their formative years.
  2. Residency: Membership is open to residents of Madison the City or attending a school within our city limits or be homeschooled. This ensures a strong connection to our community and a vested interest in its progress.
  3. Commitment to Service: We seek individuals who are passionate about serving their community and are committed to dedicating their time and effort to make a positive impact. Members should be willing to volunteer their time for council meetings, events, and projects.
  4. Leadership Potential: We value individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities such as initiative, creativity, and effective communication skills. Whether you’re a natural-born leader or looking to develop your leadership abilities, we welcome your enthusiasm and drive.
  5. Academic Standing: While academic excellence is not the sole determinant of eligibility, we do encourage applicants to maintain a satisfactory academic standing. Our council members serve as role models within their schools and communities.

Requirements for Good Standing:

Membership to the Mayor’s Youth Council is more than a resume builder, it is an experience that teaches responsibility. Below are the requirements to maintain good standing:

  1. Active Participation: Members are expected to actively participate in council meetings, events, and projects. This includes attending scheduled meetings and contributing constructively to discussions and initiatives.
    • Participation is monitored and recorded on a hourly point system. New to the ’24-’25 School year we will be moving away from from a points based system to an hourly points system where one hour equals one point.
  2. Commitment to Service: Members should uphold a commitment to community service and engagement. This involves volunteering for council-sponsored events and projects, as well as seeking out additional opportunities to serve the community.
  3. Adherence to Code of Conduct: Members are required to adhere to a code of conduct that promotes respect, and professionalism. This includes treating fellow members, council advisors, and community members with courtesy and respect at all times.
  4. Maintaining Academic Standing: While academic excellence is not the sole determinant of membership, members are encouraged to maintain a satisfactory academic standing. This demonstrates a commitment to personal growth and excellence in all areas of life.
  5. Regular Communication: Members should maintain open and transparent communication with council advisors and fellow members. This includes responding promptly to emails, attending meetings, and actively engaging in discussions and planning sessions.
  6. Leadership Development: Members are encouraged to actively seek opportunities for leadership development and growth. This may include participating in leadership training workshops, taking on leadership roles within the council, or pursuing leadership opportunities outside of the council.
  7. Professionalism and Representation: Members serve as ambassadors of the council and should conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on the organization and the City of Madison. This includes dressing appropriately for council events, speaking professionally, and representing the council with integrity and pride.

How to Apply:

If you meet the above requirements and are eager to take on the challenge of civic leadership, we encourage you to apply for membership in the Madison the City Mayor’s Youth Council. We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Applications are due by May 1st, 2024.

New Member Application

Returning Member Application



We are excited to offer one $1,000 scholarship to a senior that has met all requirements. If you are eligible, please click the link below to apply!

MYC Scholarship Application

Join us as we embark on a journey to shape the future of our city, one young leader at a time. Together, let’s make a difference and leave a lasting legacy for generations to come!

For more information contact Matt Smith at

Empowering Youth. Enriching Our Community. Building a Brighter Future.