Youth Council Planning Task Force | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Youth Council Planning Task Force

Applications for Lakewood Youth Council Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for the Lakewood Youth Council.  The Youth Council is open to students ages 13 to 19 who reside in the City of Lakewood.

Click here to fill out an online application or click here for the pdf version of the application.

The Lakewood Student Youth Council, established in 2019, aims to provide a voice for youth in the community, allow students to interact with and inform community leaders, provide opportunities for youth development, and allow for engagement with topics regarding youth health and safety, youth advocacy, community relations, and community outreach. This council is a core group of diverse students and advisors interested in leadership and commitment to meaningful community change. This body
further aims to establish public-private partnerships between this council and local enterprises, engage and create a presence in the community, and collaborate with non-profit organizations all with the overarching intent of serving youth in the community.

The deadline to apply to participate in the first Lakewood Youth Council is Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

The Youth Council Planning Task Force was established to create a framework for the establishment of a Youth Council that will create leadership and civic engagement opportunities for youth to address youth concerns and perspectives and act as an advisory council to city administration and the community on issues affecting youth.  This planning task force is charged with creating the foundation for the the Lakewood Youth Council which will ultimately be established to advise the Mayor and Lakewood City Council.

The creation of a youth council provides our city with an opportunity to incorporate youth into the conversations and to seek out their counsel in an advisory capacity to address issues affecting them.  There are many examples of youth councils which other governments around the country have established. There are well-developed and published youth council white papers, guidelines, recommendations and ordinances. One thing is clear from others’ experience is that if one of the goals for creating a youth council is to provide youth with opportunities for youth leadership and civic engagement, our city should involve the youth in the creation of the youth council.