Calling all civic-minded Southlake high school students: The Southlake Youth Action Commission is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

If being the voice of Southlake's youth, learning about the City of Southlake, and participating in community events intrigues you, then SYAC is the place for you!

SYAC is a group of ambitious high school students who want to learn more about local government while making a difference in their community. Members meet once a month during the academic year to interact with different city departments, learn about government functions, and volunteer at exciting city events.

Joining SYAC is an excellent way to gain volunteer hours, make new friends, and boost your resume for college applications. When you become a SYAC member, you get the opportunity to connect with city staff and leaders to gain a better understanding of how the City functions. Highlights of the year include participating in Intern Day, specialized volunteer opportunities, and meeting with City Council members.

Here’s what former SYAC members have to say about their experience:

“I started SYAC my freshman year. It has been one of the best organizations to connect with the local government throughout my high school career. Interning and speaking with city officials monthly has taught me so much about Southlake and how the youth are vital community members. I highly recommend applying to this program if you are interested in government, politics, or just willing to explore new fields of study.” - Rishik Bethi, 2020-2021 SYAC President.

“Many residents don't understand the importance that local government has on us. Through SYAC's guest speakers, hands-on projects, and internship opportunities, I've not only learned how decisions that regularly affect me are made, but I also developed my own ideas and opinions on municipal decisions. Intern Day, especially, has always been a wonderful experience.” Katy Lin, 2020-2021 SYAC Vice President.

“As a part of SYAC, I was provided with an invaluable view into how city municipalities function. It has opened my eyes in terms of future career paths I can pursue. I enjoyed listening to speakers from different departments about what their daily tasks look like, the education they took, and how their career has changed throughout time.” Samad Rizvi, SYAC Member.

"SYAC is a great organization that allows students to explore and learn more about how the city is run. I love the Intern Day that SYAC does each year." Sana Khan, SYAC Member.

Ready to take your knowledge of local government to the next level? Apply today! Applications are due on August 31.

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