The Surprise Youth Council gives youth a genuine voice and engages them in common interests to make Surprise one.
Discover: find out what teens want through research, surveys, social media, focus groups and interviews
Unite: plan events, competitions and youth forums that build community
Serve: complete community service and art projects - Mural Project
Solve: build awareness, connect with policy makers and solve problems
Learn: learn about team building and leadership through local and national conferences, workshops and retreats
Collaborate: work with local leaders, including: the Mayor & City Council, business leaders, non-profits and school administrators
How to join
Must be entering 7th grade through 12th grade the following school year
Must attend a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits OR a Dysart Unified School District high school or reside within the city of Surprise.
A maximum of five students will be non-residents.
Recruitment and selection for vacant SYC positions takes place in February / March Interested students must submit:
A short introductory video and completed parent acknowledgement form – Download Form
Share your application video from your Google Drive – share with email@example.com. All application videos must be submitted to the by 11:59 pm on Monday, March 19, 2018. All Parent Acknowledgment forms must be submitted separately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A maximum of 30 teens are accepted into the Surprise Youth Council
The SYC meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at City Hall. Additional committee meetings are required per month as well as special meetings for committee chairs or project leads.
Members are expected to attend as many SYC events/programs, service projects, trainings and social outings as possible
Members are evaluated bi-annually based on the council’s expressed expectations and the individual member’s participation and engagement level. Members serve at the City’s discretion, until he or she resigns or graduates from high school.