About the Mayor’s Youth Council
The Mayor’s Youth Council works to engage youth across Nashville in community initiatives.
All MYC efforts are designed to engage youth across Nashville in civic and community initiatives that
contribute to our thriving city. Research has shown benefits of youth civic engagement include: budget
savings, increased support for city initiatives, improved policies and programs for youth, identification as
a youth- friendly community, and improved indicators of well-being among youth. MYC creates
opportunities for students to participate in community efforts that are of importance to youth,
increasing the likelihood that youth will continue their contributions to Nashville communities in their
Mayor’s Youth Council provides youth voice and participation to Metro Government and community stakeholders.
Youth encompass distinct ideas, opinions, and perspectives as well as unique talents, expertise, and
skills that can be utilized to benefit communities in a variety of ways. MYC creates opportunities for city
leaders and stakeholders to hear youth voices on a variety of issues including public education, collegeaccess,
public transit, and youth services. The Mayor’s Youth Council is a go-to source for youth voice in
the city, providing feedback on a number of projects and working with agencies including the Mayor’s
Office, the Metro Planning Commission, the Metro Transit Authority, the Public Health Department, and
Mayor’s Youth Council provides the portal for youth to access needed resources and services.
In addition to adding youth voice and participation in city works, MYC helps increase the number of
youth accessing needed wraparound services by sharing information though a peer-to-peer youth
network. Each year MYC convenes youth civic leaders from various citywide youth advisory councils
including the Metro Transit Authority, the Metro Public Health Department, Metro Parks, Metro Public
Library, and a host of youth-serving organizations and non-profits to help spread the word about needed
services and resources. Our work values the impact of youth when they are used as extensions of city
government, helping to provide access to other youth who are most in need of these supports.