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Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg's youth advisory council #cltyouth

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.

Upcoming meetings

April 1

April 8

April 22

May 20

June 10

Other activities

April 5 - Global Youth Service event at CPCC

April 9 - Career Discovery Day

April 11 - UNCC Women + Girls Research Alliance Summit

April 16 - Community bus tour and Charlotte 101


Prior meeting activities include

August 28 - Meet your Legislators

September 17 - kick off

October 1 - Education Bonds

October 15 - City government and Patrick Cannon and Edwin Peacock

October 23 - Charlotte Observer/UNCC Mayoral Forum

October 24 - MeckEd/CPCC School Board Forum

November 5 - Election 2013

November 11 - Community Planning/Connect our Future

November 19 - Heath Morrison

December 2 - Mayor's inauguration

December 11 - Youth priorities for Charlotte

January 7 - College 101 with youth voice/youth council alumni

February 4 - CMS budget investments and cuts with Heath Morrison and Sheila Shirley

February 19 - Charlotte and Jobs with Mayor Patrick Cannon

February 25 - Student dialogue

March 6 - Youth Summit with community leaders

March 18 - Connect our Future and CMS student survey feedback

March 21-23 - NC Youth Legislative Assembly

March 22 - Mayors Mentoring Alliance and WTVI event

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







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