Mayor Tyrone A. Garner has launched a Youth Leadership Council for 11th and 12th grade students in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. The Council aims to empower and prepare youth for the future while enhancing their leadership skills through community engagement.

“I am excited to launch the Youth Leadership Council,” said Mayor Garner. “This great opportunity will allow selected students first-hand experience in a professional environment, while helping our community with various projects. I can’t wait to see the amazing things the students do to positively impact our community.”

The Youth Leadership Council will provide students with access to professional mentors and opportunities to work with community organizations and leaders. Through this initiative, selected students will develop and lead community projects, further strengthening their leadership skills.

To be eligible for the program students must be enrolled in a high school student in Wyandotte County with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council members will function as the formal ‘voice of youth’ to influence decision makers and regularly attend KCK meetings and events. 

The first year of the program focuses on how the United Government of Kansas City, Kansas, works and operates in addition to leadership development. The second year of the program consists of developing and enacting an impactful community advocacy project. Students will need to reapply after each year on the council.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our youth to get involved and make a positive impact on our community,” said Mayor Garner. “I encourage all eligible students to apply and take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

Applications for the Youth Leadership Council are now open and the deadline is April 3. Interested students can find more information and apply by visiting the Wyandotte County website @