Ithaca Youth Council

Ithaca Youth Council
The Ithaca Youth Council is a self-directed group of teens who are charged with representing youth to Ithaca’s city government and advocating for youth throughout the community.  As a collaborative effort between the Ithaca Youth Bureau, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), and the Southside Community Center, Youth Council has 4 main objectives: developing future leaders, giving formal voice to youth, engaging in civic education, and improving conditions for local youth.

Main Objectives
The Youth Council is teen-run; its members have developed an organizational structure and work to identify and prioritize issues that matter to local youth. Youth Council has 4 main goals:
  1. Develop Future Leaders
    Our youth have the power to shape the future of our city. By being provided opportunities to participate in city governance and have an active role in addressing community issues, members learn important skills, become positive agents for change, and become bonded to the community.
  2. Give Formal Voice To Youth
    The Youth Council provides representation for Ithaca's youth and provides a forum for advocacy. It provides ongoing, 2-way communication with policy-makers, especially Common Council, so as to better address youth and community issues. Youth Council members are expected to develop ways to get regular input from other youth about their ideas and concerns.
  3. Civic Education
    Youth Council members get first-hand experience with how the democratic process works by becoming involved in government in a practical, hands-on way.
  4. Community Contribution
    In addition to representing the needs and interests of youth to policy makers, Youth Council plans and executes projects to improve conditions for teenagers.
Activities Open to All Community Teens
Youth Leadership Training Series
The Youth Leadership Training Series is a collection of leadership workshops designed by local agencies and collaborators that are free and open to all youth in the community.

Youth Leadership Corps
Youth Leadership Corps is a group of teens that work together in the summer to build community pride and cohesion by leading service projects and coordinating larger service events to engage entire neighborhoods. There are 10 spots available each week and a teen can sign-up for as many weeks as desired. Teens, ages 14 and older, are eligible to be part of the program.

Other Activities
Youth Council hosts a variety of projects and events each year that are open to youth throughout the community. Information about these opportunities will be disseminated throughout the community when available.

Mission
The Ithaca Youth Council, a self-directed group of teens selected from municipalities throughout the Ithaca City School District, is charged with representing and advocating for local youth.