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:


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.

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

  • 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

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

Learn about our 2016 Metro Youth Advocates!