Youth City Council

2019-20 Youth City Council

Overview


Youth City Council provides a great opportunity for high school students to learn how municipal government works, obtain an understanding of local policy making and help serve their community. Applications from rising sophomores are accepted each summer for the following school year.

Participants will meet with City Councilors and other City officials, tour public facilities, attend public meetings and demonstrate knowledge gained by preparing a mock council agenda and minutes for presentation to City Council. They also have an opportunity to complete job shadowing each year.
   
In 2019, it was voted on by City Council to make the Broken Arrow Youth Council a three-year program. Therefore, the 2019-2020 program year is unique in that applications were accepted from rising sophomores and juniors in order to meet the transition period for the newly added sophomore class. Previously the program was open to juniors as a two-year program. The applications for the next school year will open in May and will be due in early September. Youth Council members meet once a month, typically on the second Tuesday of the month.

Youth City Council Contact Person:
Jennifer Swezey, City Manager's Office
Phone: 918-259-8419

Click here to download a Program Brochure (PDF)

History 

Before the start of the 2001-02 school year, the Broken Arrow City Council approved the creation of a Youth City Council. Youth City Council members are appointed by the Broken Arrow City Councilors through an application process. New applications are accepted from rising high school sophomores for the three-year program. To find out which ward you live in or who your City Councilor is, click here.

Five seniors are elected from the group to be the governing body of the Youth City Council, and the Youth Mayor and Vice Mayor are elected by those five seniors.

 
 

     

Application & Requirements


To be eligible for selection, students must:
  • Be a resident of the City of Broken Arrow (fenceline), or eligible to attend Broken Arrow Public Schools 
  • Be a sophomore in high school  
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of the office held
  • Set a proper example for the youth of Broken Arrow

2019-20 Application (PDF)          2019-20 Fill-in Application (PDF) 

Council Objectives


  • To provide service and leadership opportunities for the youth of the City of Broken Arrow.
  • To instill a feeling of positive self-worth and esteem, to teach teamwork and respect for the rights and property of others, to promote community pride and to eliminate potential negative influences among our future community leaders.
  • To assist youth in learning to identify needs, to organize activities and to participate with their adult counterparts in city programs.
  • To become aware of community leaders and their concerns, and to gain an understanding of the issues, research process, politics and media influence that goes into city government involvement.
  • To identify community opportunities and problems.
  • To learn to set priorities for action and examine alternatives for best solutions.
  • To become more involved in the democratic process.
  • To allow youth to make a difference through their participation and contributions to city government and in service to the people of the City of Broken Arrow.
  • To promote youth involvement and leadership in all areas of the City of Broken Arrow.