The Florida League of Cities, the voice for Florida’s municipal governments, recently announced the winners of the 2021 Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the competition is to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their communities.
The 2021 Municipal Youth Council Video Competition winners are: the Village of Wellington Youth Council, the City of Gulf Breeze Municipal Youth Council and the City of Sanford Mayor’s Youth Council.
“It’s incredible seeing how engaged these students are,” said FLC President Phillip Walker, a commissioner for the City of Lakeland. “Not only are they actively involved with their local government, but they’re also identifying local problems and finding local solutions to solve them. If this is any indication of what’s to come for Florida’s cities, towns and villages, our future looks bright. Congratulations to this year’s competition winners!”
This year’s video competition asked councils to decide the most critical youth issue they’d like to address in the coming year, focusing on how young people can be part of the solution and how their local government and community can work together to resolve the issue being addressed. The Wellington Youth Council produced a video on the topic of “Closing the Literacy Gap.”
Municipal youth councils are special councils that typically serve as an advisory board to the local government. They are composed of high school students within the community and are sometimes referred to as youth corps, teen advisory boards or mayor’s youth councils.
Winners will be showcased on the league’s web site and social media platforms, be recognized in the league’s Quality Cities magazine, and receive a monetary award and a plaque.
Additional information on the winning videos is available at www.flcities.com/youthcouncils.