The formation of youth advisory commissions (YAC) in cities across the state is a priority of the Texas Municipal League (TML) Board of Directors. In 2003, then-TML President Jackie Levingston championed the issue, and today dozens of Texas cities have programs that involve youth. This initiative provides cities with energetic volunteers for civic projects, gives city leaders a fresh perspective on issues challenging our cities, and creates a sense of accomplishment for youth.
Every city, regardless of its size or location, shares a common resource-arguably its greatest resource-its youth. Creating safe and enriching environments that our children can thrive in is really what it is all about. Moving beyond satisfying these core needs, your city can also tap in to youth perspective, creativity, and energy by creating a youth advisory commission (YAC).