Board Information

Mayor's Youth CouncilThe Ankeny Mayor's Youth Council provides Ankeny's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. Fifteen high school students are appointed to serve as volunteer representatives to advocate on behalf of Ankeny youth, inform them of existing opportunities and listen to suggestions on what the City can do to improve its youth oriented efforts. Serving on the Mayor's Youth Council offers leadership experience and active community involvement with the guidance of the Mayor, City Council and Ankeny Parks & Recreation.

The Mayor's Youth Council exists to inform the City Council of the needs and wishes of Ankeny's youth. They plan and implement social, educational, cultural and recreational activities as well as work with the Mayor, city administrators, the Ankeny School District and the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce to provide service and leadership opportunities.

By learning various aspects of community leadership, participants in the Mayor's Youth Council become positive role models through responsible leadership and promote a sense of civic involvement and community pride.

The Mayor's Youth Council spends the majority of its time sponsoring and participating in community outreach events including:

  • Ankeny Leadership Symposium
  • State Capital Tour
  • Adopt a Family
  • Sponsor an outdoor movie at the Ankeny 'Shell
  • Mayor's Bike Ride
  • Apply for betterment grants for community projects
  • Creepy Capers - Halloween Party
  • Mayor's Youth Council Back to School Swim
Board/Commission Mayor's Youth Council
City Code Chapter 27
Established 2000
Term 1 year with unlimited subsequent terms
Number of Members Fifteen (15)
Special Requirements None

City Staff

Gary Lorenz
Mayor
410 W First St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-6400
glorenz@ankenyiowa.gov

Nick Lenox
Director, Parks & Recreation
220 W First St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 963-3576
nlenox@ankenyiowa.gov

Ryan Harkema
Recreation Supervisor, Parks & Recreation
220 W First St
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 963-3571
rharkema@ankenyiowa.gov

Meetings

Youth Council meetings are open to the public. We encourage the public to attend and to bring any questions, comments, or concerns you have and share them with us! We meet bi-monthly on Wednesdays at the Parks and Recreation office.

Apply Today!

Do you know of a teen interested in serving with a committee of their peers to take on fun community projects? Do you know of a teen who wants to volunteer and make a difference in the Ankeny community? The Ankeny Mayor's Youth Council is currently accepting applications for council members for the 2017-2018 school year. The Ankeny Parks & Recreation department will accept applications until May 12, with interviews and appointments taking place the first two weeks of June.

The Mayor's Youth Council provides Ankeny's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. Fifteen high school students are appointed to serve as volunteer representatives to advocate on behalf of Ankeny youth, inform them of existing opportunities, and listen to suggestions on what the City can do to improve youth-oriented efforts.

Serving on the Mayor's Youth Council offers leadership experience and active community involvement with the guidance of the Mayor, City Council, and Ankeny Parks & Recreation staff.  Every Mayor's Youth Council meeting is open to the public. The group meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays at the Ankeny Parks & Recreation office.

Please contact Ankeny Parks & Recreation at 515-963-3570 with any questions.  

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