Metro Youth Advocates

MYA Overview

The goal of Metro Youth Advocates is to create an annual cohort of young people inspired, informed, and engaged to effectively advocate for policy change at the community level.  This program serves as an instrument for elevating the youth voice across the city and engaging young people more substantively in the issues that impact them, both with policymakers and among one another.

Our 2017 MYA Program engaged 75 Youth Advocates from across the Louisville Metro area. Youth Advocates served in 10 teams, preparing a policy recommendation on a policy topic of their choosing:

2017 MYA Policy Summaries
A Youth Advocate’s Journey: Meghana Sharma  
Including MYA Town Hall 2017 Introduction of Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer

2017 MYA Policy Teams

  • Homelessness Awareness & Prevention
  • Domestic Abuse Prevention
  • Affordable & Sustainable Housing
  • LGBTQIA+ Initiatives
  • Community Volunteerism
  • Youth Safety & Support
  • Community Arts Initiatives
  • Youth Civic Engagement
  • Environment Initiatives
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health Initiatives

 

Program Curriculum

Students who participate strengthen their advocacy, public speaking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills while engaging with public officials, community leaders and youth from the Louisville Metro area. During MYA sessions, students meet with experts from the government, social, and business sectors. They spend the remainder of every session working in small groups to develop a policy proposal about their community issue of choice.

 

 

Each MYA session introduces students to a new angle of advocacy, as described below:

  • Scope of Government
  • Stakeholder and Community Involvement
  • The Business Perspective
  • Communicating with Policymakers
  • Media, Communications, and Philanthropy

The program culminates in a Town Hall, where student presentations of their policy proposals to community and city leaders.