The mission of the Mayor’s Youth Commission is to explore, communicate, and provide for the needs, problems, issues, and activities affecting the city’s youth.
How do I sign up? For students in grades 9 and 10, please use this application to apply for the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission. Applications are due no later than October 31.
OUTCOMES FOR THIS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
- Youth make a positive impact in their community and feel valued.
- Youth develop to their full potential.
- Youth attending leadership sessions increase knowledge and skills.
- Youth participating in community service and activities feel they have made a positive contribution to their community.
MEMBERSHIP The membership consists of members in grades 9-12 from Sioux City high schools including Sioux City East, North, West, Bishop Heelan High and Siouxland Community Christian School.
ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP Any 9th or 10th grader enrolled in a Sioux City public or parochial high school or students who are home schooled and live in Sioux City or students who live in Sioux City but go to school outside the city limits are eligible for membership on the Mayor’s Youth Commission.
APPLICATION Applications are available in school offices and in the City Clerk’s office during the month of October. Eligible students must complete an application by October 31st and shall be approved and appointed by the City Council from recommendations made by Siouxland CARES.
TERMS Students may serve on the Mayor’s Youth Commission for a term not to exceed three (3) years. Terms shall commence on January 1st and terminate December 31st. All new appointees shall be at least a ninth grader/freshmen, and not yet an eleventh grader/junior for the school year in the year of their appointment. The Executive Council will review applications by eleventh graders/juniors who were unable to make the application in their freshman or sophomore year. Recommendations to appoint juniors shall be made by a majority vote of the Executive Council.
REQUIREMENTS The Executive Council of the Mayor’s Youth Commission shal meet monthly. The Planning Department shall also hold monthly meetings. To remain in good standing, members shall attend a set number of meetings/activities as determined annually by the Executive Council and shall follow the Good Conduct Policy.
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Meets generally on the first Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Pierce Street, Sioux City, Iowa.
The management and administration of the affairs of this organization shall be by an Executive Council consisting of no more than twenty (20) members who have served for at least one year on the Youth Commission and who are selected by their peers. The duties of the Executive Council are to: (a) ratify the actions of the planning department; (b) approve the plans of work of the planning department; (c) approve a budget for the fiscal year; (d) elect officers annually; (e) approve bylaw changes; and, (f) make an oral presentation annually to the City Council to update it on all Mayor’s Youth Commission activities.
Current members of the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission may apply for its Executive Council in November of each year.
Full MYC Meets generally on the third Monday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall, 405 6th Street, Sioux City, Iowa. Members maintain the Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Disc Golf Course and participate in community projects such as: Teen Court, DARE Lock In, ArtSplash, Autism Workshop, City of Sioux City events, and others that may arise throughout the year. Additionally, they serve on the following departments:
Leadership: The Leadership Planning Department shall be responsible for informing their peers about leadership opportunities; coordinate trainings for members; and coordinate an annual leadership forum for 8th graders.
Legislative: The Legislative Planning Department shall be responsible for issues and bills affecting youth in the Iowa State Legislature and the City of Sioux City. The Legislative Committee shall make recommendations to the Sioux City City Council and shall act as liaison between the City and Sioux City high schools.
Youth Development: The Youth Development Departmart shall be responsible for promoting and maintaining the SC MYC Disc Golf Course, participating in community service projects, coordinating the Young Ambassadors program, and assisting local agencies in securing funding for special projects.
The Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission is sponsored by the City of Sioux City, Iowa, in cooperation with Siouxland CARES About Substance Abuse.
Adult Advisors include: Linda O’Rear, Linda Phillips, Mary Koster, Brad Bollinger (City Liaison), Britney Book, Becky Carlson, Davidson Wissing, Angel Wallace, Paul Speidel