Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s youth advisory council   #cltmeckyouth

Be a civic leader

Be a civic leader, a voice for youth, and make a difference for your school, neighborhood, and community!

Join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council (CMYC), the official student advisory council for City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and GenerationNation.

Through the CMYC, high school students meet regularly to advise school and community leaders, represent and serve as a collective voice for young people, meet new friends from different backgrounds, and build social capital, knowledege, and experience for active civic leadership now and into the future.

All local high school students are eligible to participate. CMYC welcomes students from public, charter, independent, religious, and home schools and youth organizations.

Two pathways to membership:

  • Student representative nominated by your school or youth organization
  • Self-nominated

CMYC is a partnership between youth, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and GenerationNation, and is chartered by the State of North Carolina.

Sign up to join CMYC

CMYC application

First, you will be added to the email list and can join the text list. After you attend a meeting you are part of CMYC! You are asked to meet attendance requirements to maintain active membership.

Learn more

CMYC Flyer

CMYC information

Contact CMYC for general information and 704-665-7380 (text)

Social media: follow #cltmeckyouth and @GenerationNation @GenNation


The youth council usually meets 2 times a month with additional civic leadership and learning opportunities available. 2021-22 meetings are held via Zoom until further notice. In person meetings are often held 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 for in person meetings.

CMYC members who fulfill extended membership, leadership, and service requirements are eligible to join the Executive Committee.

Student Advisor to the Board of Education

The Student Advisor (SA) to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education is elected by students to serve a one-year term with the school board. The SA works closely with the elected Board of Education to ensure student ideas and perspectives are included in CMS policy and decision-making. The SA also serves as an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council. The project was created by and is a partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the school board, and GenerationNation.

Student Advisor and school board resources

Student Advisor information

Apply to be a candidate to be Student Advisor 2022 – information will be posted in September 2021



Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Emerging leaders in grades 9-11, are you ready to lead? Apply to be part of Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg! Collaborate to learn how the community works, meet students from different schools and backgrounds, and develop knowledge and skills needed by a new generation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg civic leaders. After completing YLCM, participants join a growing network of emerging civic leaders and continue as active leaders on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council. Over 200 youth have participated in YLCM since the program was launched in 2015.

Kids Lead

8th graders: sign up for Kids Lead, a new program led by high school students for middle school students! Learn about civic leadership, meet the CMS school board’s student advisor, and find out how you can be a civic leader in high school. Kids Lead is a project of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council and GenerationNation. We hope to expand the program after the Spring 2021 project concludes.



Alumni Network

Alumni information and contact information update

We’ll be in touch periodically with information about alumni socials, youth mentoring, and leadership opportunities

What we do

2021-22 report

2019-20 report

2018-2019 report

CMYC projects include CMS Student Advisor, Charlotte Youth Service Advisory Board, CMPD Chief’s Youth Advisory Committee, serving on National League of Cities Youth Delegate Planning Committee, being part of NC State Youth Council, planning and leading Youth Lead and Kids Lead, and more.