Youth Council

The Springdale Youth Council was established to encourage young people to become engaged with their local government, receive mentoring from City officials, perform community service for the benefit of Springdale residents, advise local government officials on the issues that face young people in our community, and learn about local government and the importance of civic participation.


If you have any questions about this program, please email or call the Mayor's Office at 750-8114.

Benefits of participating in Youth Council

Through Youth Council, students will:

  • Learn more about local government and our community
  • Connect with their City and elected officials and advise local leaders on issues that matter to young people
  • Serve the community and become a more conscientious resident
  • Learn who to contact if they need assistance with a City service
  • Understand how tax dollars are utilized to provide services for residents
  • Learn the connection between public and private organizations
Most importantly, Youth Council members will play an active role in helping the City address issues that affect young people in our community. This program prepares young people to become community and civic leaders and gives them the confidence to know they can make a difference. Youth Council will be comprised of up to 18 students.

Who Can Apply?

Springdale Youth Council is a free program that is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in the Springdale School District. This includes students in public or private school, and homeschooled students.

There are no GPA requirements; however, applicants must have a non-relative employer, teacher, school administrator, government employee, community leader, or a community member who holds a staff position or is a board or commission member at a 501c(3) organization, religious institution, or government entity, who can sponsor their application, vouch for the student’s commitment to the program, and commit their time to help keep the student on track.

If you have any questions about application sponsorships, please email

How to Apply

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Youth Council class is Aug. 1, 2017.

  1. Read the Program Guide
  2. Read the Bylaws
  3. Submit the required documents

Required Documents

 The following item must be submitted for the applicant to be considered:

  1. Completed Application. You can complete and submit it online, or you can download and complete a PDF application.
  2. Parent or Guardian Statement of Permission (upload and submit with completed online application. This document is included in the PDF application). This form is also available in Spanish and Marshallese.
  3. Sponsor Letter of Recommendation (you have the option of uploading and submitting it with your completed online application, or submitting it with your completed PDF application, or you/your sponsor can send it to the Mayor's Office separately).

Additional Required Document

Once Youth Council members are selected, they must submit a Photography Release Form by the first meeting in September. Members may bring this completed form to the first meeting.

You can also complete the full application (which includes the Parent or Guardian Statement of Permission) 
through PDF and submit it through email, mail, fax, or hand delivery. NOTE: Please make sure your Sponsor Letter of Recommendation is submitted to the Mayor's Office by the application deadline.

Mail or drop off: 
Springdale Mayor’s Office 
201 Spring Street 
Springdale, AR 72764 
Fax: 479-750-8559