It is the mission of the Kennesaw Youth Council (KYC) to provide local youth with the experience of working with city government while obtaining a sense of civic responsibility as well as the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills.
The Youth Council was created in 2002 to encourage teen involvement in local government and the community. It is a six-member team of high school students who are selected by an application and oral interview process.
The purpose of the Youth Council is to provide the Mayor, City Council and city staff with a teen perspective on the Police Department, the Parks & Recreation Department and future growth. The Youth Council meets once a month at City Hall. Its members develop agendas and report directly to the City Council at scheduled Council meetings. The agenda can be found along with all the other city board, authority, and commission agendas on the Boards and Commissions web page.
Kennesaw’s Mayor, Council and city staff are committed to working with the youth council to address their needs and concerns, and to further educate them on the operation of local government.
Since the implementation of this program, other communities in the area have emulated Kennesaw’s Youth Council as a model to start similar type programs. The Youth Council has an office at Kennesaw Mountain High School, giving students greater access to members who can deliver their concerns directly to the City Council.
The liaison to the Youth Council is Nimesh Patel.