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. Recruitment takes place in August/September of each year. We are not currently recruiting for the Mayor’s Youth Council. 

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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. 

Congratulations to our Mayor for a Day 2020, Suchir Srivastava and stay tuned to learn about our Mayor for a Day 2021!


We know that there are many talented young individuals who have stories, experiences and ideas that they would like to share. The purpose of the Voices of Today initiative is to provide young people with a platform to express themselves through two different mediums, either through poetry or visually. COVID-19 has lent its fair share of hardships and taught many valuable lessons, but ultimately it has helped us all better recognize what “The Big Picture” is and how it is unique to each individual. Whether it has taught us to savour every moment of life, realize how globally interconnected we are, or recognize a hidden strength within us that we may not have even known existed, we have learned and will continue to learn lessons from this experience.

This is why the Mayor’s Youth Council has selected “The Big Picture” as this year’s theme to focus your pieces around. Top poems will be acknowledged and shared at the Virtual Voices of Today Poetry Event for all to hear. Top visual pieces will have the opportunity to be displayed in public for all to see. Both mediums are equally exciting, and individuals have the option to pursue both routes if they so choose. We were excited to see your unique submissions, and we thank you for sharing your voice! 


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 here.

The Virtual Hackathon 2021 is organized by the Current Issues Committee of the Mayor’s Youth Council. The Hackathon is an opportunity for students aged 12-18 to collaborate in groups of 2 – 7 to come up with innovative solutions to issues facing Calgarians. 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.