The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission engages high school students in Athens in civic and volunteer endeavors. The program is coordinated through the Mayor's Office and utilizes mentors to educate students about the role of local government and their role as citizens.
Through this program students to participate in community service, attend City Council and Board of Education meetings, and visit area agencies, historic sites, and city departments to learn more about Athens and the importance of being an informed and involved citizen.
"I am happy you believed in me every step of the way. Thank you for showing me a woman can be anything she wants to be." - Kennedy Brown, former Youth Commission member
The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won a Main Street Alabama Community Award at the annual banquet in August 2017. The Athens Mayor's Youth Commission won for engaging high school students in civic and community service programs. This includes students learning about downtown-based organizations and historic downtown sites through volunteering at downtown events, creating bicentennial-themed videos and touring iconic sites.