Columbia Mayor's Youth Council
Columbia is a growing city and can greatly benefit from broadening opportunities for youth involvement at a local level. Through the Mayor’s Youth Council, students in Columbia will grow to become the next leaders of our city, and their participation will create a foundation for expanding our population of informed high-school students. In addition, a council of student representatives will create an ideal avenue for local politicians to interact and learn from their constituents.
The CMYC for Columbia, TN will strive to foster leadership and community involvement among Columbia’s diverse high-school population.
The Mayor’s Youth Council for Columbia, TN holds three main objectives:
1. Provide the City of Columbia, through its elected leadership and other city leaders, an opportunity to engage with future community leaders to gain better perspectives regarding youth issues, concerns, interests, and ideas.
2. Provide future community leaders an opportunity to have direct access and communication with city leaders, and allow for a student network that can meet to discuss issues important to this constituency, and to bring those issues to the forefront of city objectives.
3. Establish a network of student representatives from varying schools within Maury County that are to act as liaisons between the leadership of Columbia and the student body of that representative’s respective home school.
Participation + Leadership
The CMYC will consist of up to 12 members selected by a panel of local officials, including Mayor Molder. After selection, the council will elect three student leadership positions. A City of Columbia employee will act as liaison to oversee the CMYC program of work. After being accepted into the program, students will have the opportunity to serve as a council member until graduation if they choose, however, commitment to the CMYC is a minimum duration of one school year.
Chair - Leads monthly meetings, creates agendas, coordinates large projects, communicates with Mayor Molder and other local officials, etc.
Vice-Chair - Assistant to the President, helps coordinate large projects, communicates with community leaders, etc.
Secretary - Logs monthly meetings, communicates with all members of the CMYC, ensures the council and local officials stay informed, etc.
Members of the CMYC must be available for monthly meetings throughout the school year as well as a bi-monthly Coffee with the Mayor. Projects led by the CMYC will require work outside of these meetings, also, council members may be requested to attend special sessions regarding time-sensitive manners.
The CMYC will meet for monthly meetings and bi-monthly Coffee with the Mayor at City Hall, 700 N. Garden St., Columbia, TN 38401.
The council will conduct normal meetings once a month and host a Coffee with the Mayor once every two months, both beginning in September. In addition, Mayor Molder or City Council may call for a special session regarding time-sensitive issues. Regular youth council meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month and consist of open discussion involving issues raised by Mayor Molder or City Council, recommendations provided by council members’ constituents, and deliberation between the council members regarding potential service projects/programs the CMYC could implement to build a better Columbia. Coffee with the Mayor will be held on the third Tuesday of every other month and will allow for youth council members to directly consult our Columbia Mayor about community service events or inquire about involvement in local government.
In order to participate in the Mayor’s Youth Council for Columbia, TN, you must:
1. Be a current high school student in Maury County within grades 9-12
2. Be determined to make a difference in your community
3. Be able to commit to the CMYC for the duration of the school year
4. Attend monthly meetings and a bi-monthly Coffee with the Mayor
5. Participate in CMYC group activities and community projects
Within the application, you will be required to provide the following materials in addition to contact information:
1. Documented high school transcript including unweighted GPA
2. Extracurricular activities
3. Personal statement
4. Letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal, employer, local official, guidance counselor, or coach
5. Additional references
The Application Process
Columbia Mayor's Youth Council applications can be viewed/downloaded here or pick one up through your school’s guidance office. Once completed, applications are to be emailed to the liaison to the CMYC, Ms. Jacey Bomar. Emails are to be titled “ATTN: Columbia Mayor’s Youth Council Application” and are to be sent to email@example.com. Applications may also be mailed to City Hall. The address line is to be “Jacey Bomar; ATTN: Columbia Mayor’s Youth Council Application; 700 N. Garden St; Columbia, TN 38401”.
Applications are due August 13, 2021. Students in consideration for the youth council may be contacted via email for a live interview. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance via email on August 27, 2021.