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Takoma Park Youth Council

The Takoma Park Youth Council is established by the City Council:
  1. To provide an opportunity for the youth of Takoma Park to acquire a greater knowledge of and appreciation for local government through active participation in the system.
  2. To help the City Council to address problems and accomplish the goals of this community by working directly with the representatives of youth.
  3. To serve the youth of Takoma Park by:
    • informing the Takoma Park municipal government of the needs and wishes of youth;
    • planning and implementing social, educational, cultural and recreational activities for the youth;
    • working with the Mayor, City Council, City department heads, schools, civic clubs and service organizations to provide service and leadership opportunities for the youth of the City; and,
    • helping to instill a feeling of positive self-worth and esteem, teaching respect for the rights of others, and promoting community pride.
Takoma Park Youth Council Charter

Takoma Park Youth Council Membership

  1.  The Youth Council shall consist of eleven (11) Takoma Park youth appointed by the City Council representing a cross-section of the City’s youth. The City Council will actively recruit and seek to appoint members from traditionally underrepresented Wards 4, 5, and 6.
  2. The Youth Council shall report to the City Council the names of the elected Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.
  3.  All members shall be in grade levels 7 through 12, except that the Chairperson shall be in the 11th or 12th grade.
  4.  The term of each member shall be one (1) year. Members are eligible to reapply annually if they meet member eligibility requirements.
  5.  Members must meet the following qualifications:
    • remain residents of the City and the ward they may represent;
    • attend meetings on a regular basis and inform the Youth Council of absences prior to meetings;
    • maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average for the current school year;
    • fulfill the responsibilities of the office held; and,
    • set an example for youth in the community.
  6.  A member can be removed from the Youth Council if he or she fails to sustain any of the above qualifications and by a majority vote of the members, subject to the approval of the City Council or the City Manager.
  7.  Vacancies shall be filled by the City Council for the remainder of the unexpired term.

Youth Council Members (2021-2022)

Noel BerhanuWard 5
Kaya ChristyWard 3
Aresma HailemariamWard 4
Kiran HenryWard 6
Julia MaynardWard 3
Yacquub NurWard 5
Dakota PippinsWard 1
Faith SmithWard 6
Kamilla SorensonWard 3
Joy ThomasWard 2
Evan WintersWard 6
Leul WondwosenWard 4


Contact the Youth Council: TKPKYouthCouncil@takomaparkmd.gov

2021-2022 Youth Council Meetings

DateTitle & Link (PDF)
2021-10-10Youth Council Agenda - October 10, 2021
2021-09-12Youth Council Agenda - September 12, 2021
Table: Youth Council meeting agendas & approved minutes

“Touching Farewell from a Youth Council Member” going off to college.

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