Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

High school students can make their voice heard and impact their community by applying for the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC).

Since 2002, MYAC has empowered young people to actively engage in community planning, collaborate with local officials, and address youth-related issues. This non-profit organization offers a unique blend of interaction with government officials and community service projects, fostering positive youth development.

As part of a nationwide initiative, MYAC members advise the Mayor and collaborate with local officials, contributing to the betterment of our community. Students are encouraged to apply to be part of shaping a brighter future for their community.


The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will serve as a dedicated platform, amplifying the voices of young adults in our community. MYAC offers a vital opportunity to address direct concerns and issues, providing impactful solutions to local government officials through active participation and community involvement.

What Students Gain

  • Amplify their voice
  • Decision-making skills
  • Leadership
  • Life Skills
  • Media training
  • Networking
  • Organization
  • Public speaking training
  • Responsibility
  • Team Building
  • Teamwork

To Apply:

  • Complete a neatly printed or typed application.
  • Ensure the application is signed by the student.
  • If the applicant is under 18, a "Parent/Guardian Recommendation Form" with a signature is required.
  • All applicants must submit an "Adult Recommendation Form".
    **note: recommendations from adults may include professors, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, guardians, relatives, instructors, ministers, or other adult mentors.
  • Make sure to answer all sections of the application for consideration.
  • MYAC is open to students who live in New Haven or who attend New Haven High School.

More Information

For more information, contact the Mayor's Executive Assistant, Deb-Anne Smith at 260.748.7072.

** Applications are always accepted. Consideration will be held in the spring of each year.