Youth Advisory Committee

Bowie Youth Advisory Committee Provides a New Perspective to City Leaders

The Bowie Youth Advisory Committee provides an opportunity for local students to learn about local government and have a voice in city affairs. The Committee consists of 9 City of Bowie students from grades 6 - 12, who have the opportunity to provide positive leadership and service, and engage the community. Each of the four Bowie districts is represented on the Youth Advisory Committee.

Two Youth Advisory Committee adult advisors work with the students and guide the Youth Advisory Committee. Advisors are appointed to one-year terms. 

Both the student positions and the advisor positions are voluntary. No financial compensation is provided.

What is the Mission of the Youth Advisory Committee?

The Bowie Youth Advisory Committee has an important role in local government. All members work together to:

  • Hold youth-based events
  • Provide positive leadership and service
  • Attend City Council meetings
  • Report to the City Council as needed
  • Raise issues of concern from their respective districts 

What is the Time Commitment?

Youth Advisory Committee members serve a one-year term. The first term of the newly restructured Youth Advisory Committee will be slightly shortened as it will begin when all positions have been filled. Members will have an orientation and then will attend monthly Youth Advisory Committee meetings through May. There will be an optional event/activity in June. Members are eligible to reapply annually if they meet member eligibility requirements. In future years, the orientation will be held in August, with monthly meetings being held September through May, and an optional event/activity in June. Members must be available to participate in activities of the Committee, and may be asked to attend City Council meetings as needed.  

Youth Advisory Committee Application Process

The Youth Advisory Committee (formerly known as the Youth Council) was restructured by City Council action on September 19, 2022. The application acceptance period opened on September 20 and will remain open until November 30, 2022. If interested in applying, please complete and submit the online application at the bottom of this webpage. Interviews will be conducted when at least nine applications have been received; members would then be appointed and sworn in at an upcoming City Council Meeting. 

How do City of Bowie Boards, Councils, and Committees Operate?

The Youth Advisory Committee is one of seventeen volunteer bodies that serve the City of Bowie. These groups are advisory to the City Council and are subject to the Rules for City Committees, Boards and Commissions.(R-16-01)

No financial compensation is provided to these bodies for their service.

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Questions?

Please contact the City Clerk's Office for more information about the Bowie Youth Advisory Committee.

Awilda Hernandez
ahernandez@cityofbowie.org
301-809-3029