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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Applications open for Mayor’s Youth Council

Mayor Jeff Bauknight and a group of teens holding canned food pose in front of a food bank backdrop

PHOTO: Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council pose for a photo with donated food items that they brought to the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent on Feb. 28. The students collected 45 pounds of food through food drives at local schools. After delivering the donation, the students toured the facility to learn more about how the food bank operates.

High school students with an interest in civic involvement can apply to serve on the Mayor’s Youth Council for the upcoming school year.

This student-led group began last year as a collaborative effort between Mayor Jeff Bauknight and local high school students. Students will have the opportunity to plan and execute service projects, learn about city government, develop leadership skills and bring awareness to issues that are important to Victoria’s youth.

Jeff Bauknight“The Mayor’s Youth Council idea was brought to me by a group of exceptional young people who have demonstrated a commitment to serving our community and making Victoria a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Bauknight said. “Through their dedication, hard work and leadership, they have made a lasting impact on our city and its residents.”

At the end of the school year, members will be recognized at a City Council meeting.

How to apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be open through Aug. 31. To apply, visit

The program is open to high school juniors and seniors residing in Victoria County, including homeschooled students. The group size will be limited to 15 students.

Meetings will be held twice a month at 4 p.m. at the University of Houston Victoria Northwest Center, 1604 E. Airline Road.

For more information about the program, contact Special Projects Manager Keisha Smith at 361-485-3030 or

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