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Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

Information about the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.

Council Application

Apply for the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

Submission Deadline

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Teenagers who want to help shape Albuquerque's future are encouraged to apply for an exclusive opportunity to impact city government and their community.

In 2011, Mayor Richard J. Berry created the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) to spur municipal engagement from teens.

Council Duties

The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council is responsible for providing input and advising the Mayor on issues important to Albuquerque's youth.

The MYAC is composed of up to 21 members representing communities from across the City bringing the voice of our youth who are currently freshman in high school through freshman in college directly to the Mayor.

Current & Past Projects

Right now, the MYAC is working on several important projects for the community:

  • Hooked on Books - a reading and literacy program designed by the youth in Santa Fe and adapted by the MYAC here in Albuquerque. This program aims to create a culture of reading and writing using peer to peer interaction, creative contests and rewards to encourage youth to read.
  • Net-quette Documentary - focusing on the issue of social media and how important it is that parents understand how dangerous it can be when their children use it. The council has been working with a local film maker to promote this documentary, slated for release Aug. 23, 2014 at the KiMo Theater.
  • Bystanders: Anti-Bullying Documentary - focusing on the issue of bullying in schools, the MYAC is working with a local film maker to promote an anti-bullying which aired Summer of 2013.

Past projects included the memorable documentary "No Exceptions," which aired last August around New Mexico, raising awareness around the dangers of opioid addiction.

The MYAC has also been active in assisting the Mayor with his State of the City Address bringing the address into Albuquerque schools through the use of social media.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted until every position is filled.

Applicants will be required to go through an interview and selection process and must have parent or guardian approval before applying.

Applicants also must have an essay ready for submission that answers the following question: Why do you want to be on the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board? What are your strengths that will contribute to the success and productivity of the board?

Message from Mayor Berry

"As Mayor of the City of Albuquerque, I am asking the next generation of leaders to step up and be a part of the equation as we plan our City's future," said Mayor Berry.

"It is important that the voice of our youth be heard and that their ideas incorporated onto our planning processes."

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