Ithaca Youth Council
The Ithaca Youth Council is a self-directed group of teens who are charged with representing youth to Ithaca’s city government and advocating for youth throughout the community. As a collaborative effort between the Ithaca Youth Bureau, the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and the Southside Community Center, Youth Council has four main objectives: developing future leaders, giving formal voice to youth, engaging in civic education and improving conditions for local youth.
For more information, contact Marty Schreiber, Program Coordinator
1. Develop Future Leaders
Our youth have the power to shape the future of our city. By being provided opportunities to participate in City governance and have an active role in addressing community issues, members learn important skills, become positive agents for change, and become bonded to the community.
2. Give Formal Voice To Youth
The Youth Council provides representation for Ithaca's youth and provides a forum for advocacy. It provides on-going two-way communication with policy-makers, especially Common Council, so as to better address youth and community issues. Youth Council members are expected to develop ways to get regular input from other youth about their ideas and concerns.
3. Civic Education
Youth Council members get first-hand experience with how the democratic process works by becoming involved in government in a practical, hands-on way.
4. Community Contribution
In addition to representing the needs and interests of youth to policy makers, Youth Council plans and executes projects to improve conditions for teenagers.
Other activities - Youth Council hosts a variety of projects and events each year that are open to youth throughout the community. Information about these opportunities will be disseminated throughout the community when available.
For more information or an application, contact Marty Schreiber, Program Coordinator
1 James L. Gibbs Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 273-8364
Fax: (607) 273-2817
The Youth Council is made up of 14 teens, grades 9-12, living within the Ithaca City School District. Members are chosen based on interviews and recommendations, with the goal of selecting a diverse group of natural leaders that can represent the needs and views of all segments of the local youth population.
The Ithaca Youth Council, a self-directed group of teens selected from municipalities throughout the Ithaca City School District, is charged with representing and advocating for local youth.