Youth Advisory Council


The NRC was awarded a Spring 2019 Special Project Challenge Grant in the amount of $10,000 by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. The grant award  aims to expand organization’s current research-based youth engagement programming—Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods (EYEN)—to incorporate older students (grades 9-12) in neighborhood-based civic leadership. 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. Application deadline for the 2019-2020 Youth Advisory Council is September 20th!

Enabling Legislation

Youth Council Curriculum 

Primary Objectives

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

Curriculum Content

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.

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