The Olivia Mitchell LA City Youth Council is accepting applications for it's first citywide cohort. This council seats 30 empowered youth from across the City who serve a one-year term. During their term, members learn about the inner working of local government, drive special community projects and civic events, and make policy and budget recommendations to elected and civic leaders of the City to improve the well-being, safety and achievement of young Angelenos.
The City’s Youth Development Department (YDD) and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) oversee the LA City Youth Council, which honors the legacy of a public servant and living icon, Olivia Mitchell, whose passion for mentoring young Angelenos and love for our City has inspired countless government and community leaders over several decades.
The new LA City Youth Council is the result of a special partnership between the City's elected representatives, young leaders, and community allies and advocates. Championed by elected leaders like Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, the youth council was a key recommendation of the City's Executive Task Force on Youth Development and a successful advocacy effort of the Invest in Youth Coalition—a group of youth leaders, community members, and over 70 local youth-serving organizations whose enduring advocacy helped create the first-ever Youth Development Department of the City of Los Angeles.