Teen Council

Teen Council members learn about fleet maintenance from Public Works staff members.The Overland Park Teen Council is a program that allows high school students to get an inside look at local government.

Students will be selected from both public and private high schools in Overland Park.

Over the course of the school year, students will learn about different city departments, attend committee meetings, participate in and lead service projects, and form relationships with their elected leaders.

In doing so, students will become more knowledgeable about local government and gain invaluable leadership skills.A Teen Council member helps out at 2017's Fishing Derby.

Activities

Teen Councilmembers meet one or two times a month, as the schedule varies year-to-year. Each year, students meet for the following activities:

  • Public Safety learning session
  • Parks and Recreation learning session
  • Public Works learning session
  • Planning and Development services learning session
  • Municipal Court learning session
  • Small group meetings and dinner with councilmembers
  • Council meeting and council committee meetings
  • Service projects

Meetings are typically in the late afternoon, evening, or on weekends.

How to participate

  • Be an Overland Park resident
  • Be a high school student
  • Be able to attend all Teen Council activities

Leadership Positions

Teens who have completed at least one year of the Teen Council program are eligible to apply for youth liaison positions on one of three City committees:

  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee;
  • Environmental Advisory Committee;
  • Legacy of Greenery Committee.

Youth liaisons are encouraged to provide input on all topics related to the council or committee they serve, but are not voting members.

Teens who have completed at least one year of the Teen Council are also eligible to serve as the Teen Council president.

Applications

Applications for the 2018-2019 Teen Council program are now open. Fill out the application online.

For more information about the Teen Council, contact Communications Assistant Meg Ralph at 913-895-6160.