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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. Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion members, Springdale City Council members, the Mayor, City Clerk, District Court Judge, City Attorney, or any staff mentors cannot sponsor students.
Yes, your parents or guardians can attend and observe the meetings. In the event the meeting takes place in a restricted area, such as the Police Department, or if they plan to join for a bus tour, we'll need to know in advance if parents or guardians are planning to attend so we can plan accordingly.
The Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion will review applications and assign each application a score based on a rubric.
• Each applicant can earn up to 100 points.
• 67% of available points come from the short answers.
• 33% of available points come from the applicant’s ability to adequately complete the application and required forms and submit them and the letter of recommendation by deadline.
All scores given to a student by the reviewers will be averaged. The top applicants will be reviewed again by the Committee and the Mayor. The final 18 students will be chosen based on a variety of factors, including their letter of recommendation and the quality of their short answers compared to the other applicants.
Any student who is not admitted into the program can re-apply the following year, if applicable. Students may also contact the Mayor's Office to receive feedback on their applications after Sept. 1.
Applications submitted after the Aug. 1, 2018 deadline will not be considered. The applicant will have to re-apply the following year, if applicable.
The application period for youth council is May 1 through Aug. 1 each year.
The following items must be submitted by the Aug. 1 deadline for the applicant to be considered:
Starting May 1, the application material can be found on our website here.
Each participant will select a City department or a department within a county, state or federal government office to job shadow for at least four hours. Once you have determined where you would like to job shadow, you are responsible for contacting the proper the organization and coordinate the job shadow. That can be broken up into smaller segments. For example, if you choose to shadow the director of the animal shelter, you can shadow them for one hour a day for four days, or you can shadow them for four hours in one day.
If you plan to shadow a City department, please visit our directory to find the contact information for each department.
City Council members or City officials will be paired with Youth Council members for the purpose of mentoring. City Council members/City staff/other elected officials who agree to participate in the mentoring portion of this program will be required to meet with the Youth Council member one-on-one at least once a month for an hour.
Mentors and mentees can spend more than an hour together each month, but the additional time does not rollover into other months. Additionally, mentees and mentors should be able to talk during meetings, and therefore mentees observing the mentor performing their official duties does not count toward the mentoring requirement. Mentors should also make themselves available through email and phone throughout the program should the student have questions or need guidance.
Youth Council members have the opportunity to request a specific mentor, otherwise, the program director will assign mentors.
Mentees are responsible for contacting the mentors to schedule the meetings.
The program runs from September through April. For exact dates, please check out the program guide.
We accept 18 students per year.
This program is free.
Yes. The program is open to students who live in the Springdale School District, but they are not required to attend a school in Springdale.
Yes. As long as you still meet the basic requirements, there is no limit to how many times you may apply.
Through Youth Council, students will:
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.
For detailed list of graduation requirements, please read the program bylaws.
In summary, Youth Council members must complete all six essential duties:
Additionally, members must have sufficient attendance at all scheduled meetings and tours, and attend each of the following meetings/events at least one time throughout their tenure on Youth Council.
The application deadline each year is Aug. 1.
Sponsors write a letter of recommendation as part of the applicant's application, and then their only role is to touch base with the Youth Council member periodically to ensure they're continuing to fulfill their education commitments and that they're on track with the program.
Sponsors must be 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. Committee for Civic Engagement and Inclusion members, Springdale City Council members, the Mayor, City Clerk, District Court Judge, City Attorney, or any staff mentors cannot sponsor students.
This program does require a large time commitment, especially in the second half of the program when members are planning the event and presentation. The Youth Council will meet each month at least once. In the first three months, the Youth Council will meet twice a month, once for a tour. In addition to the meetings and tours, Youth Council members must complete six essential duties: Group Presentation, Group Event, Community Service, Individual Job Shadow, Individual Mentorship, and Individual Program Evaluation.
Members must also attend each of the following meetings/events at least one time throughout their tenure on Youth Council.
Due to the time commitment, it's important that before an completing an application, interested students should have a full understanding of the program requirements. Please read the bylaws and program guide prior to submitting an application.
Members must complete four hours of community service for the benefit of the community or a City department. Members can volunteer to help any government or non-profit entity. Examples include volunteering at the animal shelter, public library, Shiloh Museum, a local charity or other non-profit.
Notification will go out by Sept. 1 for students who are admitted into the program. Admitted students will have to confirm that they intend to participate in the program. If an admitted student does not confirm their intention, the offer will be revoked and another student will be selected in their place.
We start accepting applications May 1.
You can find the bylaws here.
You can find the program guide here.
The Springdale Youth Council program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who live in the Springdale School District. This includes students in public, private, and charter school, and home-school students.
Letter of recommendation should be written by the application sponsor. Their only other role is to touch base with you periodically to ensure you're continuing to fulfill your education commitments and that you're on track with the program.
There are many opportunities to coordinate the job shadow, community service, and mentoring outside of regular school hours or days. If members plan accordingly, they should not have to miss class in order to complete these tasks. In the event that a member must miss class, that will need to be coordinated with their school officials. Members are encouraged to utilize breaks from school and weekends to complete Youth Council duties.
Yes. There will be opportunities to speak in front the other members, and one essential duty of the Youth Council is to present to City Council.
The dates for the regular monthly meetings, tours, event, presentation, and graduation are all set in advance. A full program guide with all meeting dates is available here. Youth Council members can choose to meet outside of the scheduled meeting times. In that case, it's up to the members to coordinate the best time for the group to meet. Members will also be in charge of coordinating a time to meet with their mentors, complete job shadowing, and community service.