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:



Learn about our 2016 Metro Youth Advocates

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

  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Refugees
  • Vacant and Abandoned Properties
  • Community Development
  • Healthy Choices
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Violence Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Environment
  • Relationships and Sexual Health

The program culminates in student presentations of their policy proposals to community and city leaders.