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Cape Coral named Municipal Youth Council Video Competition winner

Youth Council recognized by Florida League of Cities in statewide competition

By Staff | Feb 8, 2024

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments, announced the Cape Coral Youth Council as one of three winners of the 2023 Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The annual competition aims to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their communities.

Municipal youth councils are special councils that typically serve as an advisory board to the local government. They are composed of high school students within the city and are sometimes referred to as youth corps, teen advisory boards or mayor’s youth councils.

“This competition has been a remarkable platform for Florida’s youth to express their creativity and passion for their communities,” said FLC President Greg Ross, mayor of Cooper City. “These videos capture what makes their city special and emphasize the invaluable contributions youth councils make to enhance their communities.”

This year’s video competition asked councils to address what makes their city, town or village great; what their community offers its residents, businesses and visitors; and how their youth council helps to make their community great.

The Cape Coral Youth Council video highlights the city’s scenic locations, wildlife, population growth and community events. Their video depicts community involvement with residents coming together to enjoy live music in their local park.

The video also speaks to the council members’ passion for service through their monthly volunteering opportunities, such as Adopt-A-Road, to keep their city looking clean and inviting. They go above and beyond and are one of the first youth councils in the state to adopt a strategic plan and lay out their goals to develop their council.

The Miramar Youth Advisory Council and Pinellas Park TeenWorkX Youth Council were also named winners in the statewide competition. Winners will be recognized on the League’s website, social media platforms and by the League’s Quality Cities magazine and receive a monetary award and a trophy.

Additional information about the winning videos will be available on FLC’s website.

Founded in 1922, the Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida’s cities, which are formed and governed by their citizens. The League believes in “Local Voices Making Local Choices,” which focuses on the impact citizens and city leaders have in improving Florida’s communities. For more information, visit flcities.com.