City of Norman Youth Council
Deadline to apply is May 8, 2015
What is a Youth Council?
Youth Councils give youth in the community an opportunity to learn about local government. The cities of Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow and Edmond are some of the cities in Oklahoma that currently have Youth Councils.
Why create a Youth Council?
|2008 Age Distribution|
|Age||Norman %||Oklahoma City MSA %|
|0 – 14||16.6%||20.0%|
|15 - 19||8.7%||7.0%|
According to ESRI Market Profile, 25.3 percent of Norman’s population is under the age of 19. It goes without saying that young people are the future of our communities. Therefore, it is vitally important that they are vested with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be the next generation of local leaders. Youth Councils are an excellent means of doing so because they promote regular and active civic engagement among youth.
Youth Councils promote civic engagement among youth by:
- Offering real-world experiences with elected and advisory bodies
- Teaching them about the role of Councils, Board and Commissions
- Providing them with an opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn how local government operates
- Increasing communication between youth and adults
- Increasing youth volunteerism
Who serves on the Youth Council?
The City of Norman is seeking motivated, energetic high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in local government.
Application requirements would include:
- Applicants must live in a Ward of the City of Norman. A Ward Map is available at www.normanok.gov.
- Applicants must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior in the upcoming academic year.
- Applicants must provide a completed application, including two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, employer, minister, youth group leader, family friend, coach, or club advisor who is familiar with their service to the community and/or their leadership skills.
- Terms will be for the school year (September to May) with a limit of two terms.
- Applicants must be able to attend Youth Council meetings held the second Monday monthly (September to May) from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Application considerations would include:
- Include at least one representative from both local high schools, private, charter, and home schools.
- Include students from diverse backgrounds.
- Applicants should demonstrate a proven record of leadership, goal-setting, commitment to community service and community values and want to create positive opportunities for other youth in the community.