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