Athens Mayor's Youth Commission

The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission engages high school students in Athens in civic and volunteer endeavors. The program is coordinated through the Mayor's Office and utilizes mentors to educate students about the role of local government and their role as citizens. 

Through this program students to participate in community service, attend City Council and Board of Education meetings, and visit area agencies, historic sites, and city departments to learn more about Athens and the importance of being an informed and involved citizen.

Youth Commission note about the 2020-2021 program year

We have received several inquiries about when the Mayor's Office will start accepting applications for the Athens Mayor's Youth Commission. We typically start the application process a few weeks after school starts, which is late August.

We are communicating with Athens City Schools, Athens Bible and Lindsay Lane about the best way to move forward this year with COVID-19 concerns, blended school options, and issues such as not being able to visit some sites that are normally part of our program because of restrictions on in-person meetings.

We have discussed meeting with our smaller mentor groups, offering more online options and being creative with ways to engage in the community.

As soon as we have a plan ready that our organizers and all three schools are comfortable with, we will announce it on this Facebook page, the City of Athens, Alabama (Public Relations) page, our website at www.athensal.us and to the three schools.

We are committed to this program because it encourages students to be engaged and informed citizens, and it gives them an opportunity to share their ideas and allow their voices to be heard.

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"After being a part of organizations like Athens Mayor's Youth Commission and Limestone LEAD, I would love to come back to this community to start my career and start a family. So thank y'all for showing us the importance of good leadership, especially as the next generation responsible for the future of Athens." - Audra Putman, former Youth Commission member

"I am happy you believed in me every step of the way. Thank you for showing me a woman can be anything she wants to be." - Kennedy Brown, former Youth Commission member

The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won a Main Street Alabama Community Award at the annual banquet in August 2017. The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won for engaging high school students in civic and community service programs. This includes students learning about downtown-based organizations and historic downtown sites through volunteering at downtown events, creating bicentennial-themed videos and touring iconic sites.

Youth Commission accepts award