Mayor's Youth Council
The Mayor's Youth Council is a model of youth inclusion in government and civic engagement.
The Mayor's Youth Council (MYC) connects, engages, and empowers Boston's diverse youth through government and civic participation.
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Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
About the council
The Mayor's Youth Council is a group of high school students that come from every neighborhood in the City. All council members are confirmed by Mayor Wu. They are responsible for representing their peers, community members, and youth across the city. Council members are selected to serve on MYC through an application and interview process. They serve on the council for a one-year term. They work with:
- The Mayor’s Office
- Community Leaders
- City Officials
MYC provides a platform for youth voice to be represented in the City with the goals of:
- Finding and putting in place positive solutions through civic engagement and project management
- Building a network with youth leaders from across the City
- Encouraging youth to prioritize social change and justice in their own communities
Please note: The 2022-2023 application for the Mayor's Youth Council is now closed. Please contact Youthline@Boston.Gov if you are interested in volunteering this school year.
2022-2023 Mayor's Youth Council
The application for the 2022-2023 Mayor's Youth Council is closed!
The Mayor's Youth Council consists of 86 council members, each of whom work in one of eight committees and a neighborhood working group. Each committee is led by two co-directors and each neighborhood working group is led by two co-liaisons. Co-directors and co-liaisons are paid positions.
Every year, MYC council members select committees to participate in. They then work together to creates projects and initiatives that aim to serve young people in their communities. Committees are led by two co-directors who are elected by their peers. The council consists of eight committees that reflect the Mayor's cabinet structure. The following are MYC committees:
- Arts and Culture
- Community Engagement & Safety
- Economic Opportunity & Inclusion
- Environment, Energy & Open Space
- Public Health
- Urban Planning
- Youth Lead the Change
Neighborhood Working Groups
In addition, council members are required to serve on a neighborhood working group with other youth from their neighborhood and the surrounding area. These groups work to identify and address issues that exist in their communities. Neighborhood working groups are led by two co-liaisons elected by their peers. The groups represent the following areas in the City based on their population.
These groups will facilitate an assessment to better understand the needs of young people:
- Within the MYC committee impact areas
- Within their neighborhoods
Youth Ambassadors serve on the neighborhood working group with other youth from their neighborhood and the surrounding area. The groups represent the following areas in the City:
- Hyde Park and Mattapan
- Roslindale and West Roxbury
- Allston, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, and South End
- Jamaica Plain and Roxbury
- Charlestown, Chinatown, East Boston, Downtown, and North End
Both committees and neighborhood working groups will be supporting the youth needs assessment by crafting a survey of questions. The goal is to understand youth needs as well as hosting youth assemblies to amplify youth voice across the city.
The goal is for the MYC to create spaces to hear directly from young people to better inform the work of the Council moving forward. Neighborhood working groups are facilitated by two co-liaisons elected by their peers.
2022-2023 Council MembersMembers
Co-Liaison: Valerie Dam-Nguyen
Are you a student interested in civic engagement, a school or community-based organization interested in learning more about the council? Are you someone looking for more information on the Mayor's Youth Council model? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.