YLX is open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will attend a metro high school in the 2018-2019 school year.  Some part of your school district must be located in Oklahoma County.  

Youth Council of Oklahoma City is open to current sophomores and juniors who live within a Ward of Oklahoma City.  If you are not sure, check to see where your water bill comes from.  If it is OKC, you qualify.  You can also go to www.okc.gov and enter your address on the Ward Map. 

Each applicant must have one recommendation, principal approval, and complete a 15 minute interview in May. 


Each program is designed to help you grown as a community member and allow you to learn more about career opportunities in a variety of fields.  

Leadership Skills is modeled after Leadership Oklahoma City’s signature adult program and is organized to teach leadership and communication skills, civic structure, career options, community service and diversity appreciation…information for now, talents for the future.  You will hear from important community leaders, tour interesting places and learn about leadership from some of the most knowledgeable people in Oklahoma City. 

Youth in Action teaches the skills to help you make a difference in your community: meeting management, group dynamics and fundraising. Abilities you can use wherever you go…and whatever issue you encounter when you get there. You will work as a team to write a mission statement, collect grant applications, narrow the organizations and select one to raise on their behalf. Last year’s YIA class raised over $13,000 for Smart Start of Central OK.

The Youth Council of Oklahoma City is a program funded by the mayor and City Council of Oklahoma City and jointly administered through the City and Leadership Oklahoma City/Youth Leadership Exchange. Here, you’ll see firsthand the many facets of your local government in action and learn to appreciate how much each contributes to our quality of life. And you’ll be part of our political process by giving youth a voice in local government issues. In short, you’ll have a backstage pass to Oklahoma City.

*You can only participate in one YLX class (Youth in Action or Leadership Skills) but may apply for the Youth Council another year.  Youth Council applicants must live in OKC city limits.



Each class meets once a month during the school day. We work with your school on attendance issues if needed.  

You must attend class each month. Students who miss more than two classes will be removed from the program. A mandatory Opening Retreat for Youth Council will be held on August 23rd & 24th. Leadership Skills mandatory Opening Retreat is September 19th and Youth in Action will meet September 10th.  The yearly calendar will be handed out at interview in May.