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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 vital for our youth to be involved in their government. To create that avenue, the City of Columbia Youth Commission will meet with the Mayor, City Council and key city staff to discuss how various issues affect the youth.
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 participants must fill out an application and must be nominated through a letter of recommendation.
  • Student must attend a school located in the Greater Columbia area
Please click to find the 2016 Columbia Youth Commission application. Applications will be accepted until
Nov. 14.
For more information, contact Ariel Cathcart at 803-545-3039 or at alcathcart@columbiasc.net.