Youth Council



The Youth Council is a program designed by youth for youth with the purpose of providing Alexandria youth the decision-making power and funding to address key youth issues within the community. With input from the City’s Youth Leadership Conference, Summer Youth Work Experience 2021, and key focus groups, the Youth Council was formed with the following goals:

  • Improving the lives of Alexandria residents
  • Empowering students as conveners for partnerships with schools
  • Connecting with youth to promote early engagement with philanthropy and decision-making
  • Creating a leadership development program that fosters personal growth and professional opportunities

Members of the Youth Council are given the opportunity to guide learning conversations, support city-wide youth initiatives, coordinate ACT’s Spring2ACTion events, and research and propose solutions to Alexandria youth’s most pressing challenges. As part of this expanding program, youth will have an opportunity to design and launch grant programs to address issues most pertinent to youth, build skills in community-organizing and advocacy, network with Alexandria leaders, and make a difference in their community! Due to the effort and time commitment required for this program, members will be provided a personal stipend to compensate them for their work.

2024 ACT Youth Council Grants

This year the ACT Youth Council designed and launched their own grant program to address issues most pertinent to youth and make a difference in their community. Building off past research and interest, Youth Council members focused their grantmaking on equity in education and environmental justice. Their grant awardees are Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Community Lodgings, and The Child & Family Network Centers.

ACT Youth Council 2023-2024

The Youth Council welcomes new members Lucy Hunnicutt, Ikra Hussein, Mieraf Bisrat, Caroline Farrell, and Jordan Fowler!

If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Spacek Miller at


Youth Council Discovery Project Resources: Supporting Students of Immigrant Families

Youth Council Discovery Project Resources: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Alexandria

Discovery Project & Symposium Presentations

2024 Youth Council Symposium Presentation Slides

2023 Youth Council Project Presentation Slides

2022 Youth Council Project Presentation Slides

Successful Youth Councils

Ann Arbor Community Foundation

Arlington Community Foundation

Bay Area Community Foundation

Dearborn Community Foundation 

Hamilton County Community Foundation

Mason County Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation 

Southern Indiana Community Foundation

St. Clair County Community Foundation

Watertown Area Community Foundation

Youth Engagement Materials

Best Practices in Youth Philanthropy AECF Framework for Working Effectively with Youth ACAP Youth Manual

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