Clinton Youth Civic Engagement

Students in a course in the School of Planning and Public Affairs examined ways to reignite Clinton's Mayor's Youth Commission. They made recommendations about this entity, as well as other ways to better engage teens in the civic fabric of the community.

The Mayor’s Youth Commission was established as a way to civically engage students (7th grade through early college) who reside within the city limits of Clinton. The commission is intended as an advisory body to the City Council, making recommendations on matters that are of interest to young residents. The Commission had been on a hiatus and the City asked students in the course Public Policy and Persuasion to make recommendations regarding the program's relaunch.

The UI students focused on best practices from similar commissions in other cities, drafted a survey for high school students, and suggested ways beyond the Commission to engage Clinton's teens.  

High school students in a gymnasium at a celebration
Academic year