Brockton Youth Council
The mission of the Brockton Mayor’s Youth Council is to advise and guide the Mayor, City Officials and Community Agencies on issues that affect young people in the City of Brockton. We serve as the platform for youth programs within Brockton, while empowering the City’s Youth with advocacy and service through the framework of Brockton’s Promise.
Formed in 2010, the Council was created to act as the voice of their peers in the City. Mayor Linda M. Balzotti wanted a specific group of people to address the needs and follow up with the solutions specified at the annual Mayor’s Youth Summit. During this time, a string of violent events was overshadowing our City. The young people of Brockton decided that before anything can be done by youth and for youth, we had to feel as though we were safe.
Every Monday youth ages 13-20 meet at City Hall. In the past they have organized a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Open Mic night. They have also participated in various community service opportunities, including making valentines with younger students and park clean-ups. Local organizations and leaders have visited the Council to speak about college preparation, addiction, and other topics.
Each year the BYC organizes its Mayor’s Youth Summit, which brings together hundreds of youth to bring light to the importance of civic engagement and youth empowerment.
BYC with Mayor Bill Carpenter
For more info, contact the BYC Advisor
Contact Catherine Walper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-897-6821
"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. "Kofi Annan