Florida League of Cities

Engaging young people with the work of local government is key to cultivating the next generation of civic leaders. 


A youth council is a municipal-created group, typically composed of high school students, engaged in their local government and representing youth voices within the city. Some youth councils are created to be advisory boards to advise the local governing body and its affiliated advisory and regulatory boards on youth issues. Youth councils can implement and participate in youth-identified community initiatives. 

Students who serve on youth councils are the leaders of tomorrow. It is important to expose them to municipal government at an early age. We hope your city, town or village will consider forming a youth council if you do not already have one. Contact Eryn Russell for additional information. 

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Municipal Youth Council Programs

Youth Council Summit
Save the date for the 1st Annual Youth Council Summit on Saturday, October 12, 2024 in DeLand. Program information coming soon. Save the Date Flyer  Please note: This event is being held in lieu of the Youth Council Annual Conference Program.

Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program 
The 2024 Youth Council Legislative Action Days Program was held on January 30-31, 2024 in Tallahassee. 

Community Service Contest
The 2024 Youth Council Community Service Contest is now open! The deadline to participate is April 1, 2024. This contest invites youth councils to submit current projects addressing a local need. Brochure I Submission Portal

Video Competition
Starting each August, the Youth Council Video Competition provides a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity, and commitment to their communities.

2023 Video Competition Winners
City of Cape Coral Youth Council
City of Miramar Youth Advisory Council
City of Pinellas Park TeenWorkX Youth Council 

Council2College Scholarship
Deadline extended! This essay contest assists Florida municipal youth council leaders who are pursuing post-high school education. The councils also must be active in the League’s youth council programs. Brochure The deadline to submit applications has been extended to Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Important Dates

  • January 30-31, 2024 - Legislative Action Days Program (Tallahassee)
  • January - April 1, 2024 - Community Service Contest
  • January - April 1, 2024 - Council2College Scholarship
  • August - November 2024 - Video Competition 
  • October 12, 2024 - Youth Council Summit (DeLand)