Martin Walsh in his office.
Martin Walsh in his office.
The Boston Globe

If you’re a Boston teen with a passion for politics or spurring change, Marty Walsh is looking for you. The mayor extended the deadline to apply for a spot on the Mayor’s Youth Council after doubling its size in an effort to increase youth involvement in local government decisions.

Walsh’s office is seeking 85 teens to represent all neighborhoods of Boston and influence changes to youth programs. The call for applicants offers a chance for high school students to volunteer eight to 13 hours a month to city meetings, events, projects, and outreach.

““I fell in love with public service through my experience on the Mayor’s Youth Council,” said Shari Davis, a Mayor’s Youth Council alumna and Executive Director of Youth Engagement and Employment, in a press release. “It was really an opportunity for me to make connections and eventually start my career in a city government.”

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In January the council launched its own budget process led by Davis, called Youth Lead the Change. Cooperating with the Boston Center for Youth and Families and The Participatory Budgeting Project, the youth council determined how to spend $1 million of the city’s budget. The City of Boston calls it “a new way to make decisions about publicly funded projects.”

Applicants must be Boston residents entering grades 9-12 and can apply here.