Surprise Youth Council


What we do

  • Discover: find out what teens want through surveys, social media, focus groups and interviews
  • Unite: plan events, competitions and youth forums that build community
  • Serve: complete community service and art projects
  • Solve: research teen issues, 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 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.
  • A maximum of five students will be non-residents.
  • Non-residents may not run for elected officer positions
Application Process: 
Recruitment and selection for vacant SYC positions takes place in February / March Interested students must submit:
A maximum of 30 teens are accepted into the Surprise Youth Council

  • The SYC meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. There may be additional meetings from time to time, as well as special meetings for elected officers
  • Members are expected to attend as many SYC events/programs, service projects, trainings and social outings as possible
  • Members serve a one-year term and are evaluated quarterly. Members may serve up to four years total at the City’s discretion or until he or she resigns
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