Mayor's Youth Corps FAQ

How was the Mayor's Youth Corps started?

MYC was a campaign promise from former Mayor Pam Iorio because she believed that young people possess leadership skills and need to have a voice in the community and therefore, in 2004, she formed the Mayor's Youth Corps. The first MYC class was composed of 40 students.

What are core programs of MYC?

There are four core programs:
    • Open Forums with the Mayor

      Students have an opportunity to have an open discussion with the Mayor about current City events and ask questions. Open Forums occur three times a year, two forums are required.
    • Leadership 101

      Teaches essential life skills for college and career success. Some of the topics include: time management, public speaking, and resumewriting. There are several sessions throughout the year, six sessions are required.
    • Community Service

      This provides volunteer opportunities that focus on serving agencies that address hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Several events are heldyear around, six volunteer events are required.
    • From the Corp

      This award-winning show, is a youth oriented television show that gives visibility to Tampa's youth. It allows them to have a voice with their peers and highlights current youth oriented topics, such as, prom, college applications, and community service. There are seven to nine productions a year with a crew chosen by audition; however, all MYC members are required to participate in some way.

Who can apply for MYC?

Any student in 9, 10, or 11 grade who attends a public or private school within the Tampa city limits. Please see our list of participating schools.

How many students serve on MYC each year?

Up to 40 students are chosen annually to serve for one calendar year.

Do MYC students receive community service credit at their schools?

Public school MYC members receive credit for each contact hour they have at MYC activities. Private school MYC members sometimes have differentrules for the type of service that qualifies. The MYC office maintains records of service hours for all members.

Why can't MYC members serve more than one year?

The program is designed to expose as many students as possible to this experience. Students who wish to remain involved may apply for a position on the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council. 

Aside from the core programs, what does MYC do?

  • Opportunity to attend City Council meetings.
  • Study the city's strong-mayor form of government.
  • Serve as ambassadors at various functions.

What is included in Leadership 101?

While the curriculum varies, it always includes:
  • Etiquette and protocol
  • Time management
  • Leadership traits and skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Public speaking

Topics vary based on the availability of speakers. Speakers come from the community and teach these sessions at no cost.

How is the MYC funded?

The city allocates funds annually to the Mayor's Youth Corps. Our corporate sponsor, JPMorgan, also provides additional funding. Grant opportunities, such as, from What Kids Can Do often provide additional resources.

Do MYC members attend conferences?

Yes. MYC delegates have attended the National Youth Summit and the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference both in Washington, D.C; the National League of Cities Your City's Families Conference in San Antonio, Texas; and the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Reno, Nevada.

In addition, members have attended the Suncoast League of Cities and Florida League of Cities conferences.

How are MYC members selected to attend these conferences?

Members selected to represent the organization at out-of-state meetings must demonstrate a great attitude and have shown they have gone above andbeyond in their work. Therefore, attendance records, number of incidents of tardiness to events, and number of missed deadlines are considered when makingselections.