Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission Application For New Members

By  | August 29, 2018 | Filed under: News
ATHENS-The Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission is now taking applications for those who have never been a member.
Students must be in grades 10-12 at Athens High, Athens Bible, Lindsay Lane, or home schooled in Athens.
If you know of a student who would be interested, please share this application with him or her. This year we have programs planned with our first responders, Athens State, Haunts Walk, and tentatively Regions and the Robotics Technology Center Mobile Lab.

Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission 2018 – New Applicant

Application Deadline: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.


Purpose: The vision for the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission is to empower caring youth dedicated to personal and professional development in government, education, and servant leadership so they become informed and engaged citizens. If you are interested in applying for membership, please complete the following application.


Requirements: Applicants MUST be students at Athens High, Athens Bible, Lindsay Lane or a home school student in the city and be in grades 10-12. Please type or print clearly in blue or black ink. You may attach additional sheets if necessary. All information must be completed in order to be considered for the Mayor’s Youth Commission. PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY! You also need to include two reference letters from a non-relative such as a teacher, advisor, coach, employer.


Name: _________________________________________ Age:________

School:_________________________________________ Grade: ________ GPA: _______

Home Address: ___________________________________ Zip:________

Telephone:_______________________________________ Cell Phone:______________

Email: ____________________________________ Additional Contact: ____________________ (Communication to members will be done by email unless another method is requested. Please make sure your email is legible.)


Parents/Guardian: _____________________________ Contact Number: ________________


The City of Athens does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sex, creed, national origin or disability. This information need not be provided. It is requested to facilitate the City of Athens’s goal of assembling a diverse group of students. Omitting this information will not affect your application.

Race or ethnic group: _______American Indian ______African American _____Asian _____White

_____Middle Eastern ______Latino _______Other, specify _________________


Gender: ___Female ___Male                                                     Birth Date: _____________________


Please answer the Following Questions- (You may add additional sheets if you desire)

Why do you want to serve as a member of the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission? _________________________________________________________________________________




What are the three most important issues to you, your friends, and your family concerning your neighborhood/community? Explain

  1. ______________________________________________________________________________
  2. ______________________________________________________________________________
  3. ______________________________________________________________________________


Please list any other activities you will be involved in during the school year. Include employment, sports, community, school and religious groups





What personal skills and characteristics do you possess that would make you a good youth representative?



If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be and why?



Are you dedicated to attending meetings, events, and activities of the Mayor’s Youth Commission term from Oct – May of the school year and committed to making a positive difference in our city?

____ Yes ____ No


I have read the attached briefing on the Mayor’s Youth Commission and understand the commitment required for the Mayor’s Youth Commission. I also realize the importance of teamwork and cooperation and I am willing to make this commitment to serve my city.

Student Signature: _________________________ Date: ____________________


Parents/Legal Guardian Permission: I give my permission for ___________________________ (Student Name) to seek the position of youth commissioner on the Mayor’s Youth Commission.


Signature of Parents/Guardian: _______________________________ Date ______________________

Name of emergency contact and relationship to youth: _________________________________

Emergency Telephone Number: ______________________________ Cell: _______________________


All application packets must be submitted no later than Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. to the City of Athens Mayor’s Office.

Mailing Address: Holly Hollman, City of Athens Alabama, PO Box 1089 Athens, AL 35612

Physical Address of City Hall: Holly Hollman, 1806 Wilkinson Street, Athens, AL 35611



Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission Overview


Mission: The mission of the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission is to give youth a voice in our city government, allow youth the opportunity to gain knowledge and obtain a better understanding of government’s role, to learn their role as citizens, to present future career pathway options for their future, and to allow youth participation in community-wide service projects and events with the City of Athens.


Eligible Students: Students in grade 10-12 from local schools including Athens High, Athens Bible, Lindsay Lane and home schooled students in the City of Athens.


Selection: Selection process will include application review. There will be up to 35 students chosen.


Term: Students will serve from October to May. Students will attend monthly meetings with the Mayor and Youth Commission Advisory Board.


Meeting times: The first meeting will be Oct. 17. Monthly meetings will be the third Wednesday of each month (subject to change based on holidays/unexpected city events). The meetings will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  with lunch provided. Transportation can be provided to those who do not drive or do not have a ride. Community service projects will be offered throughout the term with dates TBA.


Expectations/Projects: Students will be required to do the following (Please read carefully to determine if you have the time):

  • To attend monthly meetings and engage in discussions.
  • Attend one Athens City Council meeting and one Athens City Board of Education meeting.
  • Participate in at least 3 activities/community service projects.
  • Administer community grants, when funding is available.
  • Oversee the Youth Commission Art Project, which includes creating art themes for local students and selecting pieces for temporary display at Athens City Hall.



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