In existence since 1992, the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is a partnership between Youth Central and The City of Calgary that represents the voice of Calgary’s youth. The Mayor’s Youth Council provides youth an opportunity to effect change, represent youth in regards to issues that matter to them, and help to create a city where the unique youth perspective contributes to a strong and sustainable community.
The Mayor’s Youth Council is a committee of 21 youth between the ages of 12-18. The committee is divided into three sub-committees, that meet once a week. Every year of the Mayor’s Youth Council is different, as the events and projects are up to the committee to decide. In the past, committees have hosted events, conducted surveys, written reports and organized contests that shed light on youth issues in Calgary. Applications for the youth members of the MYC Steering Committee are available in August/September and are selected in October of each year.
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Every year, the Mayor’s Youth Council accepts and reviews applications for their Mayor for a Day essay/video contest! The Mayor for a Day contest asks youth to submit three ideas they would want to be implemented to make Calgary an even better place to live. The chosen essay writer will work alongside Mayor Nenshi for the day and will discuss their 3 things for Calgary with City of Calgary staff, participate in a media scrum and other planned activities.
Because of COVID-19, we’ve extended the Mayor for a Day deadline to June 17, 2020. The selected Mayor for a Day will have their opportunity to be Mayor in the fall of 2020.
In 2019 we hosted a Virtual Innovation Challenge, all done online. Congratulations to Affinity, the winners of our 2019 Virtual Innovation Challenge! The winning pitch from Affinity, our 2019 Virtual Innovation Challenge can be found to the right.
The Youth Hackathon 2020 is organized by the Current Issues Committee of the Mayor’s Youth Council. The Youth Hackathon is an opportunity for students aged 13-18 to collaborate in groups of 2 to 5 to come up with innovative solutions to issues facing Calgarians under the broad theme of Climate and Our Changing World. Participants must incorporate technological elements by creating products such as websites or apps and presenting their final projects to a panel of judges composed of industry professionals.