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Groundbreaking Teens Making a Difference



What we do


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
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How to join



Eligibility:


  • 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.

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

Commitment:


  • 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.