HS Student Make a Difference, Join Los Angeles Youth Council

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public advocacyIf your student wants to be a part of making a difference in Los Angeles, then a being a part of the Mayor’s Youth Council may be the way to go for them. This opportunity will give them a chance to learn and see public advocacy in action.

Founded in 2014, the Mayor’s Youth Council is a one-year fellowship for Los Angeles high school students in grades 9 – 11 to hone their leadership skills in the areas of political and civic engagement, and community volunteerism. Through monthly cohort meetings, innovative service projects, professional development training, and a robust guest speakers series, Youth Council students are empowered to advocate for a more just and equitable Los Angeles for all — including the City’s next generation of pioneers.

Students are encouraged to apply by downloading and completing the paper application and parental consent form, all of which should be submitted by Friday, October 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Gabrielle Horton (Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement) atmayor.youthcouncil@lacity.org.


  • Must live in the City of Los Angeles
  • Must be a currently enrolled high school/continuing student in grade 9, 10 or 11
  • Complete Sections I-IV of application
  • Complete Parent/Guardian Consent Form
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor/counselor, coach, employer, or community/religious leader
  • Must maintain a 2.75 unweighted GPA throughout the program
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM


  • Commit to the 1-year fellowship, which includes monthly meetings in your region, and quarterly meetings with all Youth Council students from across the City
  • Conduct research on issues affecting youth in your area (i.e. voter registration, healthy food access, illegal dumping, bullying)
  • Develop innovative service projects with your Youth Council cohort (i.e. youth forums, community clean-up days, small business awareness campaigns)
  • Engage with your Youth Council peers and community around current events and citywide polices
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