Mayor's Youth Council
The Mayor’s Youth Council is the center of youth participation in Boston’s City Government. It allows its members to influence policy and enact programs and initiatives. In addition to being a structure that amplifies youth voice in Boston, MYC seeks to educate its members as well as Boston youth in general, in civics, job readiness, financial literacy, and more.
MYC is a body of 60 high school aged City of Boston residents. As an MYC member, you will learn about City government firsthand by working with other like-minded young people, City officials, and community partners. This opportunity will allow you to make the change you wish to see from within local government.
- To accurately represent the youth populations of the various neighborhoods of Boston and to reflect the diversity of these communities
- To engage all members at least four times per month in high-quality, in-person programming.
- To educate young people in the areas of professionalism, leadership, and community issues through our programming, as well as through partnerships with governmental and community organizations.
- To put at the disposal of youth leaders the resources of OYEA and City government in order to help them accomplish the changes they wish to see in their communities.
- To collect as many ideas and votes for Youth Lead the Change from as many young people as possible across the City of Boston.
- To successfully implement all outstanding YLC projects in the most beneficial way possible for youth, and for young people to direct as much of this implementation as possible.
- To strengthen partnerships with city government and officials to provide the best possible experience for MYC members.
- To empower MYC ambassadors to engage other youth in their communities through committee events and initiatives.
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- Leader: There are three kinds of MYC leader roles totaling 20 youth. These youth are elected or appointed from the general membership to paid SuccessLink positions with a time commitment of 32-40 hours per month.
- Committee Chairs: 9 elected positions focused on the administrative work of MYC committees including writing agendas, managing attendance, and leading meetings.
- Project Managers: 7 elected positions focused on the leadership and execution of committee projects. PM’s run for office by proposing a specific project.
- Press Specialists: 4 appointed positions focused on the communications and outreach work of MYC as a whole. This team is chosen through a hiring process by OYEA staff. Referred to collectively as the press team.
- Member: 40 youth making up the un-elected/appointed membership with a minimum unpaid time commitment of 6 hours per month.
- Community Council Representative: 30-60 youth representatives from partner organizations with an unpaid time commitment of two hours per month. Individual youth do not necessarily remain consistent, but organizations represented do.
Members and leaders
- Full Council Meetings: In person, once per month on the first Wednesday, hosted at City Hall. Required for all MYC leaders and members.
- Committee Meetings: In person, twice per month per committee on hosted at BPL central. Required for all MYC leaders, and members.
- Community Council Meetings: In person, once per month on the third Wednesday, hosted in various locations. Required for all MYC leaders and Community Council representatives.
- Leadership Meetings: In person, four times per month on Mondays hosted in at City Hall. Required for all MYC leaders.
Purpose and Rationale
- MYC members are sorted into eight committees which they serve on throughout the Council year.
- Committees were created as follows and roughly correspond, with the exception of Youth Lead the Change, to the City of Boston Cabinets most relevant to young people.