Mayor Toby Barker’s office is now seeking applicants for the 2019 Mayor’s Youth Council from high school students who reside in the city limits of Hattiesburg.

“One aspiration we have for our administration is to engage and cultivate a generation of young leaders who love Hattiesburg and want to leave it better than they found it,” said Barker. “Mayor’s Youth Council is a longstanding program that helps accomplish that vision, and we look forward to seeing this next class of students shape Hattiesburg for the better, both today and long into the future.”

The mission of the Mayor’s Youth Council is to serve as youth ambassadors for the City of Hattiesburg, while allowing students the opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills. Through this program, students will promote, recognize and advocate on behalf of issues and initiatives that impact the lives of young people in Hattiesburg.

As a part of the program, council members must live in the city limits of Hattiesburg and are required to participate in community service through Mayor’s Youth Council-sponsored events, meetings and programs.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019. Select applicants will be scheduled for an interview on September 17, 18 and 19 (after school), and all applicants will be notified by Monday, September 23, 2019 regarding the new class selection.

Application Deadline –  Friday, September 13
Interviews – September 17, 18 and 19 (after school)
Orientation –  Wednesday, September 25th

For more information, interested applicants can call Betsy Mercier at 601-545-4501.


Students must fill out an application, reside in the city limits of Hattiesburg and be enrolled at a local high school or in a home school program.

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