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
Apply to join CMYC
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.
CMYC general information firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 2020-21 meetings are held via Zoom on Wednesdays. 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.
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 is 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.
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.
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.
We’ll be in touch periodically with information about alumni socials, youth mentoring, and leadership opportunities
What we do
- 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 and Kids 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 include Charlotte-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.