Youth Advisory Committee

Meeting Schedule:  Meets second Monday of the month September through June.  Special meetings called as needed and during July and August.  Regular meeting held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at City Hall.

City Staff Liaison:  Adam Herringa (269) 329-4412

The Youth Advisory Committee consists of up to 30 high school youth representatives and is tasked with providing input to the City Council and City Administration regarding programs, services, projects and issues.  Topics addressed by past Youth Advisory Committees include:

  • Drug abuse and underage drinking prevention
  • Summer Youth Activities
  • Environmental Awareness


The Committee meets approximately once or twice per month with meeting dates and times to be determined based on schedules of members. The committee is facilitated by a City of Portage staff member.

Youth in Government Participant Sign-Up

Please provide the requested information below and click submit. A parent/guardian release form will be mailed to applicants and must be completed and returned prior to participation in the program. The primary appointment period is in the month of May. However, there may be additional appointment opportunities in October and January. Applications are always welcome but will be held until the next available appointment period.  The application deadline for appointments beginning July 1, 2016 is Monday, April 15, 2016.