Mayor’s Youth Council

Mayor’s Youth Council logo

Mayor Paul TenHaken is pleased to announce the students selected for the 2021-22 Mayor’s Youth Council. The inaugural class is composed of 13 Sioux Falls juniors and seniors, including representation from private, public, and home-schooled students.

2021-22 Mayor’s Youth Council

The following students have been selected to serve on the council: Riley Neff, Home educated; Andrew Nguyen and Morgan Whiting, Jefferson High School; Lailene Conde, Aida Desaulniers, Emma Forster, Chloe Houwman and Mhire (Tab) Tsegaye, Lincoln High School; Michael Grismer, Roosevelt High School; Maleah Grigsby and Daniel Colby, Sioux Falls Christian; Antoinette Bita and Sam Markley, Washington High School.


The purpose of the Mayor’s Youth Council is to provide youth an opportunity to share input on community issues, learn about City government, and develop leadership skills through a coordinated community project. The 2021-22 term kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 16, with team-building exercises and presentations from City leadership and will conclude with a graduation in May 2022. Meetings will be held monthly, in addition to other activities and events, including the community project.

Planning Team

The Mayor’s Youth Council is led by a core planning team of City team members: Dustin Hansen, Street Operations Manager; Holly Meier, Sustainability Coordinator; Chris Myers, Water Operations Manager; and Lt. Andrew Siebenborn, Sioux Falls Police Department.

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Youth Council at

Meeting Times/Program Commitment 

The program commitment includes a kickoff event, seven sessions from noon to 1:30 p.m., and a closing celebration.

  • Meeting 1: MYC Kickoff: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16
  • Meeting 2: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27
  • Meeting 3: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17
  • Meeting 4: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15
  • Meeting 5: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26
  • Meeting 6: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23
  • Meeting 7: Noon to 1:30 p.m. March 30
  • Meeting 8: Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 27
  • Meeting 9: End-of-year celebration: 4-8 p.m. May 18
  • Note that (for public and private schools) students may be asked to have parents sign a release form to be dismissed during school for this time period.

Thank you for your interest in this very important youth engagement opportunity!