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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.
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There are no GPA requirements; however, applicants must have a teacher or school administrator, vouch for the student’s commitment to the program, and help keep the student on track.
Applications will be submitted to school officials. School officials will then submit their nominees for admittance. The final decision will be made by the Mayor and the Youth Council Coordinator.
Applications submitted after the Aug. 1 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:
The application material can be found on our website here.
Each participant will select a City department 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. The participant may choose multiple departments to shadow, but each session has a minimum requirement of one hour.
You can visit our directory to find the contact information for each department.
The program runs from August through December. For exact dates, please check out the program guide.
We accept up to 20 students per year.
This program is free.
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 the requirements:
Additionally, members must have sufficient attendance at all scheduled meetings, 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.
This program does require a large time commitment. Youth Council will meet each month, and will require some after school and weekend commitment.
Youth Council members must complete the following requirements: Group Presentation, Community Service, Individual Job Shadow, 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.
Notification will go out by August 12 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 juniors, and seniors who live in the Springdale School District. This includes students in Springdale High School, Har-Ber High School, Shiloh Christian School, Don Tyson School of Innovation, and Haas Hall Academy.
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, 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 complete job shadowing.