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Mayor's Youth Council Mayor meeting with Youth Council members

The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is a group of student leaders comprised of high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools all over Nashville. MYC members are representatives of the geographical, racial, and ethnic diversity of Metro Nashville and Davidson County. The Council provides feedback to members of the Metropolitan Government on issues related to youth, solicits youth participation in citywide initiatives, and works with city leaders to help Nashville be a better city for all young people to live.

2015-2016 Mayor's Youth Council Application

MYC meets bi-weekly, with a mission to:

  • Recommend and foster initiatives for and by youth
  • Advocate on issues and initiatives that may impact the lives of young people
  • Act as a communication link between the Metropolitan Government and the young people of Nashville
  • Promote and give recognition to the abilities, accomplishments, and contributions of young people in their communities
  • Organize countywide forums to promote and educate the community about issues that concern the youth of Nashville

Examples of MYC's work

Engaging Youth Leaders (Mayor’s Youth Summit): In partnership with several youth organizations, MYC plans and organizes the annual Mayor’s Youth Summit which brings together youth from across Nashville and Davidson County. At the summit, youth address key issues that impact their lives, strengthen their leadership and citizenship skills, and are empowered to make positive changes in their communities.

Capturing Youth Voice (Nashville’s Youth Master Plan Survey): In 2010 Mayor’s Youth Council members designed a survey to help capture the voice of high school students in Davidson County regarding their resources and needs. The survey data provided feedback for a comprehensive Youth Master Plan created by city leaders, which aims to help service providers develop a coordinated approach to address the many life factors that affect student success in school.

Promoting Youth Service (Community Service & Learning): In addition to annual events, the Mayor’s Youth Council participates in citywide community service events, including the Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day March, and other youth-focused forums and meetings.

2014-2015 Mayor's Youth Council Roster

2014-2015 Mayor's Youth CouncilJorge Cannedo – Stratford High School
Rebekah Cho – Hume Fogg High School
Knikeyla Cleveland – Nashville Big Picture
Madison Cuthbertson – Hume Fogg High School
Stephen Handy – MLK Magnet School
Danny Harp – Nashville Big Picture
Julia Herod – Nashville School of the Arts
Alyssa Hobbs – East Literature High School
Cameron Jackson – MLK Magnet School
Ashley Johnson – MLK Magnet School
Zaria Johnson – East Literature High School
Hyunmin Kim – Hume Fogg High School
Alvin Malone – Nashville School of the Arts
Israel Munoz – Hume Fogg High School
Stephen Nandzo – Hillwood High School
Aliya Navas – MLK Magnet School
Madison Nunn – Harpeth Hall School
Reid Parker – Montgomery Bell Academy
Kim Pham – Glencliff High School
Esther Phambu – MLK Magnet School
Sakshi Sawaker – Hume Fogg High School
Michael Selfridge – Stratford High School
Yn’kioko Tillery – Overton High School
Crystal White – Whites Creek High School
Bobby Willingham – Christ Presbyterian Academy
Yenny Yang – Hume Fogg Magnet School

For more information about MYC contact: Brandon Hill with the Oasis Center at