Youth Advisory Committee


The Committee is tasked with providing input to the City Council and City Administration regarding programs, services, projects and issues. Topics addressed by past Youth Advisory Committees include:

  • Youth Activities & Youth Opinions
  • Drug abuse and underage drinking prevention
  • Environmental / Climate Awareness

The Youth Advisory Committee offers students the chance to:

  • Be decision-makers for youth issues, needs, and opportunities.
  • Build leadership skills.
  • Earn community service hours.
  • Learn about local government.
  • Learn about local philanthropy.
  • Give back to the community.


The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) consists of 30 high school and middle school youth representatives.

Regular Meetings

  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Portage City Hall - 7900 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • One Monday per month (September through June)
2022 - 2023 Meeting Schedule  (tentative)
Sept. 12Oct. 10Nov. 14Dec. 12Jan. 9
Feb. 13Mar. 13Apr. 20May 15Jun. 12

Special Events

The Youth Advisory Committee is very active in the community and organizes several city-wide events.  The YAC also volunteers at the Portage Community Center and learns about the role of local government.

  • Respect for Law Event - Friday, August 5, 2022 @ 6 pm - 8:30 pm 
    • FREE
    • Ramona Park (8600 S. Sprinkle Road)
    • Public Safety demonstrations and displays in the park - It’s like "Touch a Truck" but Public Safety style! 
    • K9 Unit, Mounted Police, SWAT, Firefighters & trucks, bike safety, Command Unit, boater safety and MORE!
    • Interactive and educational displays, such as a fire obstacle course, bike registration, self-defense education, etc.
    • Refreshments available for purchase. 
  • Green-A-Thon & Market Sneak Peek - Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 11 am to 3 pm
    • FREE 
    • Portage City Hall Parking Lot & Front Lawn (7900 South Westnedge)
    • Partnering with Portage Farmers Market for a sneak peak before the season.
    • Refreshments available for purchase. 
    • Features music, free tree seedlings, activities, giveaways and representatives from local organizations and businesses related to environmental ideas for use at home or work.  
    • The YAC is hosting this event to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the citizens of Portage and provide opportunities to become more climate-friendly.
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  • Snow Party - Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 12 - 3 pm
    • FREE
    • Oakland Drive Park (7650 Oakland Dr.)
    • Bring-your-own cardboard sled competition, Snowman building contest, scavenger hunt
    • No Snow / No Problem - alternate activities planned

Youth in Government Participant Sign-Up

Please provide the requested information in our online form, to take part. A parent/guardian release form will be mailed to applicants and must be completed and returned prior to participation in the program. 

The primary appointment period is in the month of May. Applications are always welcome but will be held until the next available appointment period. Terms begin July 1.