ACT 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.

This Year’s Members

Join the Youth Council

Applications are open now and run until December 5th at 11:59 PM! Decisions will be made in December 2022 for students to join in January 2023. Council members will meet monthly from January – May and September – December and are asked to serve a minimum one-year term. Please note that ACT is committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and equity. As such, applications will not be judged based on grammar, punctuation, or spelling but rather on content. In an effort to make applications as low-barrier as possible, interested youth have the option to apply via video or written submission.

Application Criteria

Those interested in applying for the Youth Council must fit the following criteria:

  • either a resident or attend school in Alexandria
  • currently in grades 9-11
  • able to commit 10 hours a month to the Youth Council

Apply now to the Youth Council!

If you have any questions, please contact Janae Thompson at


Information Session

Info Session 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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