In August 2008, Wellington Vice Mayor Carmine Priore was sworn in as president of the Florida League of Cities. In his first speech as president, he spoke about how students are receiving little or no civic education instruction in the classroom and cited surveys and studies showing that a large percentage of high school students know little about their governments. He made it his presidential priority to promote civic education and encouraged cities to create youth councils to educate this younger generation.
While many of Florida’s cities already have youth councils, we wanted to create a document that would serve as a “road map” for others wanting to start similar programs. These special citywide councils are composed of students from different high schools within the city and serve as an advisory board to the city commission/council. These students are the leaders of tomorrow and it is important to expose them to municipal government at an early age. We hope that your city will consider forming a youth council. In addition, the Florida League of Cities holds a Youth Council Program event every year at its annual conference. Information is posted online and in print in advance.
The Florida League of Cities would like to thank the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium for providing a template for this document. Additionally, the League would like to thank the following Florida governments for providing information on their youth councils: Dade City, West Palm Beach and Destin; and also Greene County, N.C.
Fourth Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition Winners
The Florida League of Cities has announced the winners of the Fourth Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition: First Place – Town of Malabar’s Teen Council
, Second Place – City of Fort Myers Teen Advisory Council
, and Third Place – City of Live Oak Youth Advisory Council
. The goal of the program is to provide a
way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas,
creativity and commitment to their community.
This year’s youth council video competition asks youth
councils to look at their own community and think about
key issues affecting young citizens. Click here
to view the winning videos.
Your youth council is involved in and contributes to city
events, decision and projects. Look at your own city and
ask: What is the most critical youth issue my city should
consider in the upcoming year? Be creative and create
an action plan that includes ideas for a solution to your
The video and accompanying action plan
should be a reflection of your own ideas. Key elements in
presenting your case: 1) include ways that young people
or youth organizations can be part of the solution; 2)
think of how your local government, businesses, civic
and religious organizations, the chamber of commerce,
community groups and other citizens can work together
to resolve the issue; and 3) include a narrative action plan
for resolution of the issue that provides a timetable and
budget, if one is necessary.
Your entry will be evaluated on a number of criteria,
including the presentation and evaluation of the
competition’s theme, an effective/creative action plan,
the video and adherence to the competition’s criteria.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Sharon Berrian at (850) 701-3660 or by email at
Click here to view the winning videos from the Third Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The 2014 youth council video competition asked youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens. Key elements for entries included: 1) ways that young people or youth organizations can be part of the solution; 2) how local government, businesses, civic and religious organizations, the chamber of commerce, community groups and other citizens can work together to resolve the issue and 3) a narrative action plan for resolution of the issue.
Click here to view the winning videos from the Second Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition, "Your City...2113." The 2013 youth council video competition focused on videos designed to celebrate a city’s history and, more importantly, its future. In commemoration of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival to Florida in 1513, the second annual youth video competition was designed to complement the League’s program themed, “History Happened Here: A Celebration of the Great History of Florida Cities.”