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 organize 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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The Virtual Innovation Challenge is an online contest organized by the Current Issues Committee of the Mayor’s Youth Council. The Virtual Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for students aged 12-18 to collaborate in groups of 2 to 5 (or individually) to come up with innovative solutions to issues facing Calgarians under the theme of Mental Health. Participants must potentially integrate mental health from six subject areas: integration of refugees, youth homelessness, active living, community engagement, education and disabilities. Participants must incorporate technological elements by creating products such as websites or apps.
Grand prize winner(s) receives $500. Stay tuned to find out who is the winner of our 2019 Virtual Innovation Challenge!
An example pitch from our 2018 Innovation Challenge can be found to the right.
Every year, the Mayor’s Youth Council accepts and reviews applications for their Mayor for a Day essay contest! Related to the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Committee’s 3 Things for Calgary Initiative, the Mayor for a Day essay 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.