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 to be engaged and informed citizens.
Through this program students 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.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, field trips have been restricted at this time, but students are meeting monthly.
NOTE: Applications for previous members are due Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Applications for new members are due Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.
"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.