City Manager's Office
Youth Council – (805) 583-6766
Location: 2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
The Simi Valley Youth Council is an advisory board to the City Council on issues affecting youth in the community and is comprised of 21 members and up to three alternates. Each high school and middle school is represented on the Youth Council, as well as the Community at Large.
Membership on the Youth Council is open to residents of the City of Simi Valley who are in 7th through 12th grade. Members may be enrolled in schools outside of Simi Valley. The current Youth Council term began on July 1, 2019, and will conclude on June 30, 2020. Applications to serve on the Youth Council are accepted year-round, and successful applicants are appointed by the City Council each June. To apply for the 2020-21 Youth Council term, applications for high school students may be submitted online until 5:00 p.m., on Friday, April 30, 2020. For middle school students, hard copy applications may be obtained by contacting the Youth Council Coordinator at (805) 583-6766.
Youth Town Hall
Each year, the Youth Council partners with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute to hold a Youth Town Hall. This event allows up to 400 middle and high school students the opportunity to hear public officials discuss local and statewide civic matters ranging from education to policy-making. To maximize participation, attendees pose their questions or share their concerns anonymously via Twitter. This year, the event was held on Friday, January 17, 2020. It is recognized as an educational activity by the Simi Valley Unified School District and approved as school business with prior teacher notification. For more information on how to attend next year's event, please contact your school’s administration.
Each year, the Youth Council hosts a Youth Summit annual leadership conference. Youth Summit participants are inspired by a motivational speaker, participate in team building and leadership exercises, learn the importance of community involvement, and share lunch while discussing community issues and ideas with local dignitaries. The event takes place on a school day. It is recognized as an educational activity by the Simi Valley Unified School District and is approved as school business with prior teacher notification.
The 19th annual Youth Summit will be held on March 12, 2020. Spaces are limited to 150 high school students. Register for this free event by Thursday, March 5, 2020 (the extended deadline date). To be notified in advance for other Youth Council events, students are encouraged to sign up for the Youth Council e-notifications to receive updates and information related to Youth Council activities.
For more information regarding the Youth Summit, please call (805) 583-6766.
The Youth Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the City Hall Community Room at 5:00 p.m., September through June. All meetings of the Youth Council are open to the public. The Youth Council discusses various issues of interest and concern for youth. For upcoming meeting dates and agenda information, please see below.
DEADLINE EXTENDED for Community Members to Apply for the Youth Council's Community-wide Talent Show
- Date: 04/24/2020 11:58 PM
The Simi Valley Youth Council is seeking talent show acts for its 2nd Annual Talent Show. Vocalists, musicians, comedians, poets, magicians, and more are all encouraged to audition for this impressive showcase. For audition submissions all individual and group acts must comply with COVID-19 Stay At Home and social distancing orders. Participants may select to compete for prizes or showcase their talent non-competitively. Acts will be selected to compete in a virtual talent show to take place Friday, May 29, 2020, on an online platform soon to be announced.
“The talent show is a great opportunity for performers; not only do they get to share their talent with the community, they also will compete for cash prizes,” says Ashley Kilmnick, Youth Council Member and Talent Show Chair.
The cash prizes will be awarded in specific categories in addition to a People’s Choice winner. A panel of qualified judges will select the winners.
“The Youth Council has decided that the show must go on and will be hosting the event virtually,” Kilmnick said. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt continuing on with the event is another way for the community to come together in a positive way.”
Applications and contest rules are available online at www.simivalley.org/talentshow. All acts must submit an application and audition video clip by Friday, April 24, 2020. Previously recorded videos of live solo or group performances will be accepted.
The Talent Show will also serve as a fundraiser to help support the Youth Council’s community projects and events throughout the year. These include the anti-bullying and suicide prevention campaigns; printing of teen crisis numbers on the back of school ID cards; and the annual flagship event, the Simi Valley Youth Summit. Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring this event can contact Kristin Tignac, Youth Council Coordinator, at (805) 583-6766.
The Simi Valley Youth Council is an advisory board to the City Council on issues that affect the youth in the community. It is comprised of 24 middle and high school students. Community members and youth are encouraged to follow the Youth Council on Instagram @simivalleyyouthcouncil.