To provide an opportunity for the youth of the City Of Jonesboro to acquire a greater
knowledge of and appreciation for their local government through active participation in
2. To help the Mayor and City Council to solve the problems and accomplish the goals of
this community by working directly with the representatives of the youth.
3. To serve the youth of the City of Jonesboro by:
● Informing the Jonesboro Municipal government of the needs and wishes of the
● Planning and implementing social, educational, cultural and recreational activities
● Working with the Mayor, City Council, City Department Heads and more to
provide service and leadership opportunities for the youth of the City.
● To instill a feeling of positive self worth and esteem. To teach respect for the
rights and property of others. To promote community pride and to eliminate
potential negative influences among our future community leaders.
QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE ON JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT
In order to be qualified, all members shall be residents of the City of Jonesboro and / or
unincorporated Clayton County; However, at least half of the composition of the members shall
be actual City of Jonesboro residents. They shall be a rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grader in
public, private, charter, or home school. They shall pass a background examination (no felony
convictions or any offense involving a minor); and shall be someone with an interest in the
betterment of youth in the nearby community.
REQUIREMENTS TO REMAIN ON THE JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT
1. All JYCG Members must maintain 2.5 Grade Point Average.
2. All JYCG Members must fulfill the responsibilities of the office held and set a good
example for the youth in the community
3. Committee Chairs must report to the Youth Council at least one a month.
4. Youth Mayor and Council must attend regular city council work sessions and business
meetings held on the first and second Monday of each month to present new business
and updates to the Mayor and Council.
Consist of a Youth Mayor, six Youth City Council (YCC) members, Secretary, Treasurer,
Parliamentarian, Historian (Social Media) and committee chairs as required who are selected
by the JYCG advisors and a selection committee and approved by the Youth City Council and
the Mayor of the City of Jonesboro and advisors(s) (positions may be held by Council members
when there is not enough youth to fill all positions).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE YOUTH CITY COUNCIL
● Prepare and recommend for adoption each year by the City a curriculum for the youth
participating in the Council.
● Establish procedures for youth in the City of Jonesboro and unincorporated Clayton
County to apply to participate in the Council.
● Review, evaluate, and select youth candidates for participation in the Council, for
ultimate approval by the Mayor and City Council.
● Prepare a detailed and itemized annual budget for submittal to the City Manager, Mayor,
and City Council, as requested by the City Manager.
● Monitor and provide oversight of the Council throughout the year.
● Ensure that the Council is a good steward of the money budgeted for their activities and
● Maintain and keep adequate records of spending of the Council which shall be made
available upon request to the City Council, Mayor, and City Manager.
The Jonesboro Youth City Government may have five permanent committees to assist the
Council in carrying out their plans, goals and projects. Each committee shall have a chair and
as many members as deemed necessary by the chair and the Youth City Council. The
members of the committees are to be appointed by the Youth City Council with the approval of
the Youth Mayor, Youth City Council, and Youth advisor(s). Committee membership shall be for
one (1) year period (committees may be combined as needed). Permanent committees shall be
named as follows:
1. Committee for Service Projects
2. Committee for Special Events
3. Committee for Public and Media Relations
4. Committee for Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion
5. Committee for Education/Training
SELECTION PROCESS FOR YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT
Submit application and supporting documentation to the City of Jonesboro.
2. Applications are reviewed by JYCG advisors. A review committee may be appointed to
aid in the review/recommendation process.
3. Recommendations are presented to the City of Jonesboro Mayor and advisors for
4. Applications for the position of Mayor and Council member will be solicited and accepted
between September 11 and September 30.
5. All other positions shall be chosen by the Youth Council members by October 15 and
presented at Youth City government meeting.
NOTE: JYCG members can be removed from office upon violation of one or more of the above
criteria and by a majority vote of the JYCC or may be placed on probation for a period
recommended by the Youth Mayor and approved by the Youth Council. Individuals removed
from JYCC have 10 days in which to submit a written appeal. The JYCC has 10 days to review
the appeal and provide a response. The decision of the JYCG is final.
LIMITATIONS ON THE JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT
1. The Jonesboro Youth City Council must have a quorum in order to conduct business. A
quorum is one more than half.
2. The Charter and all amendments to the Charter are to be approved by the Youth Council
with concurrence by the City of Jonesboro Mayor and City Council.
3. The agendas of all Jonesboro Youth City Government meetings are to be posted publicly
at least 24 hours in advance of each meeting.
4. All activities are to be coordinated with the Jonesboro Youth City Government Advisors
and the City of Jonesboro Mayor.
1. Terms of the Youth Mayor/Council, Committee Chairs and members will be concurrent
with the school year. (Actual term being from September 1st to August 31st.)
2. If a Youth City Government member has previously been removed for a cause, they may
apply the next year. If chosen as a member they will be placed on an automatic
probation period of 90 days.
3. The Youth Mayor will be chosen from the position of Youth City Council member by the
currently serving Youth City Council members, by a majority vote. (In case of a tie, the
Any vacancy on the JYCG, either by removal or by resignation, shall be filled by nomination of
the Youth Mayor with the advice and consent of the Jonesboro City Council.
Swearing in of the newly elected officers shall take place in September or in the case of
replacement members the first City Council meeting after appointment.
JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT ADVISORY BOARD
The Jonesboro Youth City Government shall have at least 2 advisors (one to include a council
member). Must be at least 21 (twenty-one) years old. The advisor(s) shall be a resident of
Clayton County, Georgia with approval from the City of Jonesboro Mayor and Council.
ROLE OF THE JYCG ADVISORY BOARD
1. Attend Regular City Council Meetings, Work Sessions, and JYCG Meetings.
2. Develop framework, vision, goals, activities and meeting times for the JYCG.
3. Identify and screen student candidates.
4. Serve as Point Of Contact for JYCG
JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT MEETING DATES AND TIME
The JYCG will meet every third Monday at 6:00p.m.
at Jonesboro City Center located at 1859 City Center Way. Jonesboro, Ga 30236
JONESBORO YOUTH CITY GOVERNMENT 2023-2024 Calendar
Items on this Outline will dictate the curriculum.
First Month – Onboarding - October 2023
● Oct 6 - Opening Retreat / Onboarding - 5-8pm (agenda); Toastmasters
● Oct 9'- Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Swearing In of JYCG members
● Oct 16 - Youth City Government meeting
● Oct 31 City of Jonesboro Halloween on N. Main St. Trick or Treat Volunteer
Second Month (City Govt) – November 2023
● Nov 3 - Learn and tour City Government
● Nov 13 Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● Nov 20 - Youth City Government meeting
Third Month - County Govt - December 2023
●Dec 2 - Christmas in Jonesboro
● Dec 4 - Learn and tour County Government
● Dec 11 - Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● Dec 18 - Youth City Government meeting
Fourth Month - Education- January 2024
● Jan 8 - Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● Jan 12 - Learn and tour CCPS BOE
● Jan 15 - Dreams And Ice cream
● Jan 22 - Youth City Government meeting
Fifth Month (Public Safety) – February 2023
● Feb 9 - Learn and Meet with Public Safety officials in the County
● Feb 12- Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● Feb 19 - Youth City Government meeting
Sixth Month (Creative Placemaking ) – March 2023
● March 8 - Etiquette Workshop
● March TBD - Creative Placemaking
● March 11 - Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● March 18 - Youth City Government meeting
Seventh Month (Public Service Month) – April 2023
● April 5 - Implement Public Service Project
● April 8- Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● April 15 - Youth City Government meeting
● April 20 - EggHunt Volunteer
Eight Month (SERVICE) – May 2023
● May 13 - Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● May 20 - Youth City Government meeting
Ninth Month (Elected Officials Month) – June 2023
● June 10 - Attend City Council Meeting in the County + Presentation
● June 17 - Youth City Government meeting
● June 19 - volunteer
● June 21 - Day at State Capitol; Meet with State Official
Tenth Month (Economic Development) – July 2024
● July 8 - Attend City Council Meeting in the County + Presentation
● July 15 - Youth City Government meeting
● July 19 - Day with Econ Development
Eleventh Month (Public Speaking) – August 2024
● Aug 12 - Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● August 19 - Youth City Government meeting
Twelfth Month (Final Retreat and Recognition) – September 2024
● Sept 6- Day with Com Development/Tour Development Sites
● Sept 9- Jonesboro City Council Meeting + Presentation
● Sept 16- Youth City Government meeting / Graduation Recognition