Youth Leadership Council
Members of this two-year cohort engage with political leaders, City staff, and community partners to develop a holistic understanding of service delivery at all levels of government. In this program, members will:
- Learn about the Council-manager style of government in Lake Oswego.
- Gain knowledge about City departments and the services they provide.
- Be able to articulate the basic roles and functions of local, regional and state governing bodies.
- Provide a voice for Lake Oswego youth to local government leaders.
- Complete a group capstone project relating to a current Lake Oswego City Council goal.
Applications for 2023 appointments are closed. Click below to receive an email when our next recruitment cycle opens (April 2024) and to learn about other opportunities to get involved with the City.
The Youth Leadership Council meets once per month for two hours during the school year. Regular meetings times are based on member availability and set at the beginning of each academic year.
Second-year members in good standing are eligible to attend the National League of Cities Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C.
Eligibility & Membership
Youth Leadership Council participants must be enrolled in high school and live at least part-time within the Lake Oswego Urban Services Boundary. To see the Urban Service Boundary on LOMap, click 'Layers', then 'Boundaries', then 'USB'.
Most selected applicants are rising sophomores and juniors. Those entering their first year or last year of high school are also eligible and encouraged to apply.