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.
Each year Jacksonville Youth Council begins the election season in November to prepare for the upcoming year. Members begin the process with nominations, applications, and a teacher recommendation letter. In December, elections are held at the December meeting with the newly elected officers sworn in January's City Council meeting. Positions are open to all high school students in Onslow County and Camp Lejeune. Those interested in becoming an officer should apply here.
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.