Jacksonville Youth Council
Giving Youth a Voice
The Jacksonville Youth Council (JYC) primary mission is to give local youth a voice within the local government and to engage peers in community civic activities. Initially designed to only admit high school students who attend schools in the Jacksonville area, the Jacksonville Youth Council is now open to all high school students within Onslow County.
JYC Are Future Leaders
A goal of the office is to instill the goal for students to make leaving Jacksonville after education an option, not a requirement. This goal involves building affinity for the community and advancing knowledge among peers about Jacksonville and Onslow County.
What JYC Does
The JYC elects their own offices and decides the functions and roles they wish to perform. They meet regularly with the city’s elected and appointed officials. Meetings are held monthly in either City Council Chambers or at the Jacksonville Youth Center, both on New Bridge Street in Jacksonville.
2020 Mayor’s Youth Summit - 2020 Vision: Know Thyself
Each year, the Jacksonville Youth Council hosts a Mayor’s Youth Summit which is open to all high school and 8th grade students. The Summit teaches students various leadership skills, provides an opportunity for networking, and introduces participants to the Jacksonville Youth Council. Parents and Advisors are welcome to attend.
On Saturday, February 8, 9AM-2:30PM, the summit will begin at City Hall, 815 New Bridge Street and will end with activities at the Jacksonville Youth Center, 804 New Bridge Street. The Summit is free to attend, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.
2020 Summit topics include:
- self branding
- goal setting
- personal vision
Each registered participant will walk away with a Vision Board. Our guest speakers will be Felix Brooks, Rodney Johnson, Brandon Porter, and April Priester.
Register Online Today! If you have any questions, please call Pamela Trafton at 910 938-6551.
Youth Council Activities
The JYC participates in activities year round including council meetings, spring break, charity and philanthropy, National Day of Service, day trips, city events and ceremonies, youth summits, the holiday parade, and more.
Want to Join?
We can all make a difference in our community. To join the Jacksonville Youth Council, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Pamela Trafton to find out about meetings, programs, and event dates or call 910 938-6551. Be sure to check out the Jacksonville Youth Council on Facebook.