Youth Advisory Committee


The Committee 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
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Summer Youth Activities


The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) consists of up to 30 high school and middle school youth representatives.

Regular Meetings

  • 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday of months September through June
    Special Meetings called as needed in July and August
  • City Hall
    7900 S Westenedge Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

Special Events

The Youth Advisory Committee is very active in the community and organizes several city-wide events. Examples include the annual Earth Day festival "Green-A-Thon," Snow Party and Public Safety Movie Night. Among other items, the YAC also participates in Sticker Shock which is a program designed to discourage under-age drinking, volunteers at the Portage Community Center and learns about the role of local government.

Recently, Public Media Network produced stories on their "Connect" program about some of the activities of the Youth Advisory Committee.  To learn more about the YAC and the events please use the following links:

Youth in Government Participant Sign-Up

Please provide the requested information in our online form, to take part. 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. Terms begin July 1.