Mayor Toby Barker’s office is now seeking applicants for the 2021-22 Mayor’s Youth Council from high school students who reside in the city limits of Hattiesburg.

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.

“Mayor’s Youth Council is a longstanding program that helps cultivate our students of today into Hattiesburgers of tomorrow,” said Mayor Toby Barker. “The program walks students through the basic aspects of delivering city services while also providing key opportunities to serve. I’m proud of the program our staff has put together – with both in-person and virtual options to help meet COVID-19 protocols when needed. I look forward to seeing how this next class of students shape Hattiesburg for the better, both today and long into the future.”

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 24, 2021. Select applicants will be scheduled for an interview on September 28, 29, 30 (after school). All applicants will be notified by October 1, 2021, regarding the new class selection.

  • Application Deadline –  Friday, September 24
  • Interviews – September 28, 29 and 30 (after school)
  • Orientation –  Monday, October 4

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 (grades 9th – 12th).

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