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Farmington Hills/Farmington Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC)
(originated 2000)

Serves both Farmington Hills and Farmington
Farmington Hills: 85,000 Farmington: 10,000
Suburban community in Metro-Detroit (~25 miles NW of Detroit)
Size: 32 sq miles Zip: 48336

Organizational Structure

  • 13 youth council members are appointed

  • 2 are co-chairs; 1 treasurer

  • 2 youth alternates

  • Also, other youth serve on the MYC (not appointed)

    • Typically have 20-25 youth participate in MYC meetings

    • All youth help to market the MYC and its initiatives

  • 1 full-time adult from city clerk’s office serves as reporting secretary for meetings

  • 2 full-time adult staff members serve as liaisons with MYC (total of ~15 hours/week)

    • Both from Special Services Dept (one from Recreation Div. and one from Youth and Family Services Div.)

  • Represent all high school and high school-aged youth living in F H/F

  • Direct contact with Mayors and City Councils

    • Both Mayors attend MYC meeting at least every 2nd month

Policies and Procedures

  • Established City ordinance and bylaws within charter

  • Meet 2 times/month at community center (first Monday and a rotating day)

  • Any youth (not just MYC) can be appointed to boards and commissions in both cities

  • MYC members attend local, regional, state and national conferences

  • Point system in place to reward participation and volunteer time

Budget:

  • General Fund: $8,750/year (joint between Farmington Hills and Farmington)

  • Fundraisers: $~$2,000/year

  • Grants: N/A

  • Fee(s):

    • Most special activities have a fee ($3 to $10/activity)
      (e.g., battle of the bands, recreation outings, band nights, Club 2nd floor)

Examples of Community Service Activities

  • Can drives for community (e.g., 9-11 victim fund)

  • Successfully advocated for traffic light at a high school to increase safety

  • Special projects for seniors (e.g., snow shoveling, leaf raking)

  • Worked at election stations

  • Design and implementation plan for community recycling program

Contacts
Todd Lipa, Program Director, Youth and Family Services Div.
ph: (248) 473-1891 email: tlipa@ci.farmington-hills.mi.us
Bryan Farmer, Recreation Specialist, Recreation Div.
ph: (248) 473-1805 email: bfarmer@ci.farmington-hills.mi.us

 

 

 

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