Opportunity for South Bend Youth

Application Due Date Changed to October 4th


Apply to be a part of the Youth Advisory Council


“Youth need both educational and rhetorical spaces (see Roberts et al. 2008) that give them the ability to engage in critical, creative analyses of their lived experiences, while also resisting others’ constructions of who they are. These spaces, we think, are educational opportunity zones and we can find them in conversation on sidewalks, in public parks, really anywhere youth are engaged in discussions about what they value and where they find inspiration and truth.”

The purpose of the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods (EYEN) Youth Council of South Bend to build strong youth civic leaders (grades 9-12) prepared to effectively organize, lead and catalyze change in their community. Youth have a tremendous amount of convening power and the unique ability to engage and impact persons cross-generationally, as well as, across other identity and socio-political barriers that hamper diverse representations of civic voice. We believe our youth can inspire and promote impactful civic engagement across the city.

Enabling Legislation


  1. Prepare the next generation of servant and civic leaders
  2. Incentivize youth participation in meaningful civic leadership activities
  3. Champion the conveying power of youth to increase city-wide participation in civic engagement activity and neighborhood association capacity building


Youth Advisory Council Curriculum
Over the course of the school year, EYEN Youth Advisory Council meetings will be structured into five curriculum modules: Civic Leadership, Arts in Civic Voice & Activism, Community Organizing & Civic Engagement, Policy Research & Writing, and finally, Leadership Exploration. The EYEN Youth Advisory Council will engage in self-reflection activities, arts and community-based research to identify concerns, assets or opportunities related to a community issue. Then, advisory council participants engage directly with Council, other elected officials, city employees and other community stakeholders to learn and implement the policy-making process.

  • Civic Leadership
  • Arts & Civic Voice in Activism
  • Community Organizing, Civic Engagement and & Consensus Building
  • Policy Research & Writing, and Consensus Building

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