The Youth Council will help determine programs and activities offered for youth in Kalamazoo.
The youth council will initially provide input to Kzoo Parks regarding programs, activities, parks, and facilities, with the potential to expand to additional departments in the City. Serving on the council will provide opportunities to network and make friends, develop leadership skills, learn about City government, and share their voice in the future of youth development in Kalamazoo.
The Youth Council will initially include 13 positions for youth ages 13 to 18 years of age. Residing in the City of Kalamazoo is a requirement to join the council. Many aspects of the council will be determined by the youth members including its name, how it will operate, meeting dates and times, and the number of members. The council will meet monthly and a $250 annual stipend will be paid to members that attend at least 75% of the meetings per year.
Youth Council members will be selected by Kzoo Park’s Youth Team to create a diverse group of youth representing different neighborhoods, interests, and experiences. The deadline for applying is Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be selected and notified within two weeks of the deadline. The council is expected to begin meeting in January 2021.