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The City of Columbia Youth Commission is a program for local students to provide leadership and improve services for youth in the City of Columbia. The Youth Commission extends a warm welcome to students between the ages of 14 to18 to become actively involved in their communities.
To encourage youth involvement in the community, enhance leadership skills and voice policy ideas and concerns of our City's youth.
To provide civic participation and involvement in the community while promoting positive activities and opportunities for youth in Columbia.



A Few of the Components

It is imperative for our youth to be involved in their local government. To create that avenue, the Columbia Youth Commission will meet with the Mayor, City Council and key city staff to discuss how various issues affect their peers.
Members of the Columbia Youth Commission are provided an opportunity to dialogue directly with members of City Council, key senior staff within the City of Columbia and community leaders that work directly in areas that are critical to the community’s quality of life.
The Commissioners receive an education on how local government operates and responds to the needs of a community.


  • All interested participants must complete the application
  • Student must attend a public school in Richland or Lexington county.
Click here to access the Columbia Youth Commission application.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 22, 2019.

For more information, contact Lauren Harper at 803-545-3039 or at lauren.harper@columbiasc.gov.