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“Youth leadership programs are important to our city because these programs help initiate and foster leadership among youth through educational opportunities and outreach. I’m excited about the opportunity to expose local youth to the operation of our local government, build their leadership skills, and foster their need to become more involved in helping with youth related issues.” - Mayor Tony Paulk

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Samantha Martin, September Youth Spotlight

The Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council (DMYC) held its monthly meeting on September 20, 2018, at 6pm at City Hall.  Items on the agenda included discussion about the Instagram and Facebook social media pages for the Youth Council, recognition of youth in our community, and recognition of the Citizens Christian Academy’s Athletics Department.  The council also heard presentations from Jessica Williams (Anti-Bullying Campaign & March) and Blondale Thomas (Childhood Cancer Awareness Group of Coffee County) about their programs, followed by the Jr. Public Information report.

For the month of September, Miss Samantha Martin was chosen as the outstanding youth council member to spotlight.   Samantha is the daughter of James Martin and Jennifer Teston and is one of four siblings.  Currently, she is a Junior at Coffee High School and is dual enrolled at South Georgia State College.  She is the Co-editor of the Chariot online and is a member of the Coffee Care club.  Samantha has applied for acceptance into the National Honor Society. She is on track to be an honor graduate and will also graduate with an Associate Degree from South Georgia.  After high school, she hopes to become a pediatrician and later seek a career in politics as an advocate for child healthcare.

The Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council meets each third Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers.  The MYC wants to hear from citizens about youth in our community that are doing exceptional things with their lives.  To submit a youth or youth group to be recognized, please contact Dinitra Williams, Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council Coordinator, at or call the City Clerk’s office at (912) 389-3405.


The mission of the Douglas Mayor's Youth Council is to broaden the scope of youth leadership in Douglas, Georgia through volunteerism, service and initiatives that are directed toward allowing youth input into policy issues, identification of youth issues, and participation in the development of positive solutions.  

 The Douglas Mayor's Youth Council (DYC) will:
  • Involve youth in local government through participation on local boards and committees.
  • Increase youth voice and communication in Douglas' future direction
  • Increase volunteerism among youth in civic affairs
  • Enchance civic education through teacher training 

Opportunities will be presented for youth to become involved in social and political processes so that they may develop leadership, a sense of personal achievement, and an understanding of government. This youth advisory council will be used a platform to discuss issues such as school violence, underage drinking, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, teen entertainment, racial tension, community involvement, safety awareness, driver's education, etc.


REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2018.  Sign up today - download needed registration information here!  

DMYC Application

DMYC Overview (tentative - dates and topics subject to change)

  • Must be a 9-12 grade student of Coffee County public, private, or home school.
  • Must have G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must be nominated by local principals, school counselors, the Mayor or Commissioners.

As a Douglas Mayor's Youth Council Member, students will be expected to:
  • Maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct and Council Bylaws
  • Attend Orientation
  • Commit to a one - two year term; or until graduation
  • Attend Regular Monthly Meetings
  • Attend Work Session and City Commission Meetings
  • Attend networking opportunities with other Mayor Youth Councils in Georgia
  • Attend the Annual Retreat in order to set goals and objectives for the year
  • Attend GMA Conference that is held in January
  • Attend Legislative Days in Atlanta
  • Participate in the Monthly Television Show
  • Participate in Teen Voting
  • Participate in Back to School events
  • Plan and host Mayor's Youth Summit

Youth Council members will be selected through a competitive application process. Our primary criteria for selection will be a demonstration that the young person wants to make a difference in Douglas.
  • Application
  • Extracurricular Activity
  • Leadership Skills and Ability
  • Community Involvement
  • Volunteerism
  • Recommendations
  • Interest in serving on the Council
  • Interview

For more information, please contact the City of Douglas City Clerk's office at (912)389-3405 or email or check us out on Facebook!

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