Olathe Teen Council



Applications closed for the 2014-2015 school year

Olathe Teen Council LogoThe mission of Olathe Teen Council is to provide Olathe youth an opportunity to impact the community while learning about local government and to create active and informed citizens.

Who is the Teen Council?

  • 15 high school leaders
  • 1 representative from the City Manager’s Office coordinates meetings and connects students with resources to achieve the Council’s goals.

What do they do?

  • Develop goals, solve problems, design and implement programs
  • Learn about civic engagement and government
  • Attend the National League of Cities conferences in Austin and D.C. (contingent upon selection process)
  • Ride along with Police and Fire and tour City Hall
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of service through biweekly Teen Council meetings, City Council meetings, School Board meetings, Youth Congress, or other leadership opportunities.

What are some of the Council's past activities?
Each year, Teen Council has the opportunity to develop new goals. Councilmembers have…

  • researched, compiled, and presented evidence to support an anti-smoking ordinance from the City Council.
  • published a Teen Resource Directory, including entertainment and recreation as well as resources for teens dealing with physical, emotional, and mental health issues, abuse, addiction, and other challenges.
  • contributed many hours of time and talent to community service programs like Ronald McDonald House and canned food drives.
  • assisted with design and construction of the Mayor’s parade float for Old Settler’s Day.
  • produced a series of videos demonstrating important City services.

2013-2014 Teen Council Goals

Provide peers with resources to get involved in the community

Make a positive impact on the community

Positively engage teens in community initiatives by spreading acts of kindness through community service


Interested in applying or visiting as a guest speaker?
Contact us or call 913-971-8700 for more information.