Mayor’s Youth Council

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Sioux Falls juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the 2022-2023 Mayor’s Youth Council. Private-, public-, and home-educated students are encouraged to apply to have your voice heard in local government and develop your leadership skills. Applications open on Friday, April 1, 2022, and are due Friday, April 22, 2022. Please find the application at the end of the page.


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 2022-23 kick-off event will be on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, and will conclude with a graduation in May 2023. Meetings will be held monthly during the school year, 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; Lt. Andrew Siebenborn, Sioux Falls Police Department; and BryAnn Becker Knecht, Mayor’s Office Communications Coordinator.

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

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.

Meeting Times/Program Commitment 

The program commitment includes a kickoff event, seven sessions from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons, and a closing celebration.

  • Meeting 1: MYC Kickoff: 8:30 a.m., to 3 p.m. Sept. 10
  • Meeting 2: 2 to 4 p.m., Sept 28
  • Meeting 3: 2 to 4 p.m., Oct 26
  • Meeting 4: 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 30
  • Meeting 5: 2 to 4 p.m., Jan. 22
  • Meeting 6: 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22
  • Meeting 7: 2 to 4 p.m., March 29
  • Meeting 8: 2 to 4 p.m., April 26
  • Meeting 9: End-of-year celebration: TBD
  • 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!