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What is the Youth Advisory Council?
The Youth Advisory Council consists of students from the DeSoto Independent School District and students that reside within the city limits of DeSoto. Students in grades nine through twelve are eligible to participate.

History of DeSoto Youth Advisory Council
In 2005, DeSoto Youth Advisory Council was formed with six members. The council served as a vital component in DeSoto's 2006 All America City Designation. Now, DYAC averages thirty members annually. In 2009, a College Advisory Council was created. Former Youth Advisory council Members that are currently in college, assist YAC members with various events as well as being a support system for YAC members. Currently, ten members serve on the College Advisory Council. DeSoto Youth Advisory Council volunteers over 1000 hours of community service annually.

What exactly does the Youth Advisory Council do?

The purpose of the Youth Advisory Council is to be an advisory board to the Parks and Recreation Department. More specifically, the youth council has three defined roles:

  • To promote interest and receive input from the youth in the community to develop, promote, and sustain programs and activities designed specifically for the youth
  • To study, investigate and research youth initiatives in other communities
  • To promote the inclusion of youth involvement to other communities


Events: 

Texas Municipal League Youth Advisory Commission Summit

The Youth Advisory Council attends the state summit sponsored by the Texas Municipal League each year. In 2014, DeSoto Youth Advisory Council will attend this event for the 9th consecutive year. DeSoto Youth Advisory Council hosted the 10th annual summit in February 2010. The council has presented various sessions pertaining to program development, recruitment, and sustainability.

Hip Hop Summit

The major event that the Youth Advisory Council sponsors is the "Hip Hop Summit." This event is held the third Saturday in June. The major purpose of this event is to help aspiring musical artists, aged 13 - 18, to become more knowledgeable about the entertainment business.

This event includes spoken word, visual artists, and DJ competitions. Local rappers, singers, dancers, mimes, and step teams are encouraged to audition.

The Youth Advisory Council also plays a supporting role in the following events: 
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Parks Partnership Breakfast
  • African American History Film Focus Group 
  • Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Briarwood Fishing Tournament 
  • Easter Eggstravaganza

Participating in different events, YAC members learn about:
  • Budgeting
  • Marketing
  • Community Networking
  • Leadership Development
  • Program Administration
  • Participation Tracking
  • Program Evaluation


How do I get on the council?

Registration brochures pertaining to joining the DeSoto Youth Advisory Council are found on the cities website: www.desototexas.gov. To become an active member, please fill out the registration form and return it to the Parks and Recreation Department before the second Friday in September.