Sunday, November 28, 2021

Southlake Youth Action Commission is Now Accepting Applications

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.

Join Southlake Youth Action Commission Today!

Are you a Freshman or Sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Monday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at The Marq Southlake. SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2019.

What is SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each city department and learn about its role within the city as well as attend city events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC and how to apply here.

For questions about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

Southlake City Council Adopts Youth Master Plan Ordinance

Southlake City Council adopted the 2035 Youth Master Plan at the September 4 Council meeting. This new master plan element recognizes the importance of investing in the younger generations and their role in the City’s future.

The purpose of the Youth Master Plan is to establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years related to building up and encouraging youth in the community.

“The Youth Master Plan is a brand new element in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan that was developed by the community’s youth and provides recommendations to strengthen a number of existing youth-related programs as well as provides many recommendations related to leadership, community engagement, health & wellness, and volunteerism” said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker.

In total, there are twenty-one (21) recommendations in the Youth Master Plan. Grouped by the categories listed above, these recommendations speak to involving the community’s youth in the policy and decision-making process, expanding library programming, promoting safety and security, as well as health and wellness programs, and even working to expand volunteer opportunities for the youth. A major takeaway from this plan is that the City should actively seek the youth perspective when developing certain master plan elements, expanding youth programming, and ensuring the City does what it can to foster an environment where youth have opportunities to build leadership and job skills, and remain or become engaged stakeholders in their community.

The plan underscores that to successfully implement the developed recommendations it is critically important to maintain a strong partnership with our citizens and continuously identify opportunities to engage our corporate citizens and various community groups.

To ensure adequate representation and feedback from the community’s youth, City Council appointed the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) to develop this plan. City staff also held meetings with the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL) and the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) between October 2017 and March 2018. All three committees participated in surveys, tabletop exercises and discussions that provided invaluable insight in the development of this plan, particularly in regard to furthering youth engagement in Southlake.

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Master Plan please contact the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621 or visit our city website.

Become a Student Volunteer with SYAC

Are you a high school student living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out an SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet on the first Monday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2018. View and print the application.

What is SYAC? The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with City leaders as well as attend City events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

Become a Student Volunteer with SYAC

Are you a freshman or sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2017. View and print the application.

What is SYAC? The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each City department and learn about its role within the City as well as attend City events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. Questions about the application process, contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.

Southlake Youth Action Commission Accepting Applications

Are you a Freshman or Sophomore living in Southlake or attending CISD? Would you enjoy learning more about the City of Southlake, attending City events, and earning volunteer hours? Then you should fill out a SYAC application today!

SYAC members will meet monthly, on the second Wednesday of each month at 4:15PM at Southlake Town Hall.

SYAC is accepting applications through October 1, 2016.

What is SYAC?
The Southlake Youth Action Commission is a group aimed at teaching students more about their local government. Commission members will meet with each city department and learn about its role within the city as well as attend city events and participate in volunteer opportunities.

If you’re a student and you’d like to learn more about what government looks like at the local level, SYAC is a great opportunity. Apply to join today!

Learn more about SYAC by visiting www.cityofsouthlake.com. Questions about the application process, contact Cassie Tucker at (817) 748-8036.