Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s youth advisory council   #cltmeckyouth

Be a civic leader

Be a civic leader, a voice for youth, and a positive part of the solution for your school, neighborhood, and community. Join the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council (CMYC), the official, youth-driven, and interconnected student advisory council for City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Through the CMYC, high school students meet regularly to advise community leaders, represent and serve as a collective voice for young people, learn how to solve civic challenges, and join a diverse network of young civic leaders.

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, a 21st century youth council, 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.

Apply 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 general information on the web

CMYC general information and 704-665-7380

Social media: follow #cltmeckyouth and @GenerationNation @GenNation


The youth council usually meets 2 times a month with additional civic leadership and learning opportunities. First semester 2020-21 meetings are held via Zoom on Wednesdays. In person meetings are often held on a Tuesday evening 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. Some meetings are held virtually.

Each CMYC member is asked to serve on at least one committee or team. CMYC members who fulfill extended membership, leadership, and service requirements are eligible to join the Executive Committee.

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.

Alumni Network

Alumni contact information update

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

What we do

Read our 2019-20 report

Read our 2018-2019 report

Committees and projects include

  • Advisors – identify and track top issues, educate other students, advise policy and decision makers, plan and coordinate CMYC meetings with officials, and serve as and support student advisors on the Board of Education, Equity Committee, and other community boards. Teams include Local Government, CMS (Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee), and CMPD (Chief’s Youth Advisory Committee).
  • Leaders Team assists with CMYC recruiting, help to plan and educational days and Youth Lead, help to create and publicize youth community leadership opportunities and expand the alumni network.
  • Voices Teams highlight student voices through student media, news media, social media, and other channels and with GenerationNation and partners, further publicize the work of CMYC.

Special projects includeCharlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Education and Young Leaders, National League of Cities Youth Delegate Planning Committee, NC State Youth Council, Youth Lead Alumni, and other committees, teams, and projects.