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Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg's youth advisory council #cltmeckyouth

Are you interested in the community? Serve in a leadership role or want to develop leadership skills? Write for your school's newspaper or blog about current events and government? Want to make a difference on school and community issues that impact youth?

High school students

Open to all high school age youth – great for leaders/emerging leaders, journalists & all others interested in leadership, news, policy issues, and government.

Civic leadership and student voice - make a difference, and your voice heard

Teens advise local officials and policymakers on issues and decisions impacting K-12 students, network with students from across the community, learn about government and community issues, build civic leadership, and use student voice to report on and highlight issues and government actions impacting youth.

How do I sign up?

First, join the email list. Then attend a meeting!

Be sure you are on the  email list and check Facebook for updates. Most meetings are 6-8 PM at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E 4th Street 28202. When you sign up, you will receive info, directions, etc. for each meeting. Free CATS passes and carpool information available to assist students with transportation.

Community Leaders

Want to hear what students think about issues impacting youth? Contact us to set up a conversation with youth civic leaders! Here's what other leaders are saying:

“After several years of planning, I am excited that Charlotte-Mecklenburg now has a youth advisory council. The partnership with GenerationNation ensures that youth - our city's future leaders - will learn how their government and community works and have opportunities to share their important perspectives with public officials. Having youth available to advise us on policies and issues impacting young people makes our decisions better and our community stronger.” - David Howard, Charlotte City Council

"The youth advisory council allows young people in our community to get involved with the city, county and CMS so that we can work together to promote opportunities for service in their local government as well as ways for them to learn about citizen involvement and the governing process." - Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County Manager

“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity it represents for our students to have a voice in the community. This is a great way to get our students engaged in local government, policy making and how decisions are made. We have so many talented and creative young people and this partnership will be good for our whole community.” - Heath Morrison, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent

Here's what students are saying

Being a member of the youth council has provided me with many opportunities to meet prominent members of my community, such as the mayor, city manager, and superintendent, and learn about various civic areas such as city & county government and politics in general. It has opened my mind to varying viewpoints by allowing me to share my ideas as well as hear the opinions of others in regards to certain issues. It has really peaked my interest in politics. - Deirdre Austin, Independence High School

I learned how Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools work, and it was nice to meet some of the people in charge of my education. I was able to realize how difficult it is too run a school or create a budget, and I appreciate the people in charge coming out to ask what I would do to make school and our community run more efficiently. - Hadiya Presswood, West Charlotte High School

I have learned a lot about leadership and discovered many things about the government of Charlotte. It is an amazing program and I really enjoy attending. - Asha Jama, East Mecklenburg High School

The youth council taught me the necessity of global awareness and how it directly affects local government. I look forward to every meeting and field trip because I know I will learn so much from the great environment created by youth and community leaders. - Clarissa Brooks, South Mecklenburg High School