What is MYAC?
MYAC is a group of 50 high school students who live within the municipal boundaries of Glendale. The youth commission volunteers for community service activities, raises funds for projects, and serves as liaison to the Mayor and City Council as the foremost voice for issues related to youth in the community.
Each year, MYAC raises money through projects like the Valentine’s Raffle during the Chocolate Affaire Festival and the Snow Fields during the Glendale Glitters downtown festival. MYAC then uses this money for service projects throughout the community. Some of MYAC’s annual community service projects include purchasing Christmas gifts for the less fortunate through the Holiday Angels program, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Rock and Roll Paint-a-Thon, where they paint homes for Glendale’s elderly and disabled homeowners. MYAC even has their own monthly television show on Glendale Channel 11 called Teens Today where they interview guests about youth related issues.
In addition to their annual traditions, MYAC takes on at least one original project each year. This year, MYAC worked with the Glendale Police Department to create a public service announcement (PSA) about the dangers of beer runs. Last year, MYAC raised enough money to feed 8,000 hungry people by creating a raffle to benefit the St. Mary’s West Valley Food Bank. In past years, MYAC has created PSAs about the dangers of street racing and the negative consequences of graffiti. The commission has donated comfort items to Luke Air Force Base troops deployed overseas, and has worked with organizations like the local Boys and Girls Club and the Glendale Family Development Center to provide needed materials and fun for their service recipients.
Beginning each spring, the Glendale Mayor’s Office accepts applications for the Glendale Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. To be eligible, a student must be high school age (9th – 12th grade) during the upcoming school year. He or she must live in the city of Glendale, but can attend school outside of the city. The application process is currently closed.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about the Glendale Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission, please contact Thomas Adkins in the Glendale Office of the Mayor at 623-930-2260.