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.
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
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 for the 2019-2020 Teen Council program will open in July 2019 and will be available online.
For more information about the Teen Council, contact Communications Assistant Meg Ralph at 913-895-6160.