The Rapid City Youth City Council creates an accessible channel for open communication between the Rapid City Common council and youth in the community; with opportunities to spark civic engagement and gain valuable experience. The Youth City Council will strengthen the community and promote a spirit of pride in our city.
Number of members: 5-18 members
Residency/Registered Voter Requirement
Members must be 14-18 years of age and must attend a secondary school that services Rapid City residents, live within the City of Rapid City and are homeschooled, or have dropped out after attending a school servicing City residents.
The Youth City Council is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diverse voices are welcomed to the work getting done. If possible, at least two members will be in 9th grade, at least two members in 10th grade, at least two members in 11th grade and at least two members in 12th grade. Selection committee will strive to have representation from private, public and home schools.
Summary of Duties
The Youth City Council will have the following nonbinding duties: advise the Common Council on matters related to youth; promote civic engagement among youth; and provide its membership at least one member to attend public Common Council meetings as a monitor to relay information back to the Youth City Council at their monthly meetings. The members of the Youth City Council will be given opportunities to review and discuss Rapid City Common Council agendas to gain knowledge and insight on important community issues and learn about City issues from different departments of the City.
Youth City Council meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of every month. The Youth City Council may hold additional meetings, as necessary, if any such meeting is approved by the Mayor of Rapid City or his/her designee. Meetings will take place in the Rapid City Common Council Chambers.
Hannah Churchill (1-year term)
Jordyn Kokesh (2-year term)
Rylan Barnett (2-year term)
Grace Bradley (2-year term)
Sadie Colbeck (1-year term)
Grace Dodds (2-year term)
Hunter Herzog (1-year term)
Rebecca Huang (1-year term)
Kiran Kelly (2-year term)
Jocelyn Konechne (2-year term)
Victoria Lujan (2-year term)
Raleigh Lunderman (2-year term)
Kwynn Morsching (1-year term)
Peyton Swallow (2-year term)
Charlie Swann (2-year term)
Tusweca Taoniye L. Mendoza (2-year term)
Kaitlynn Wellman (1-year term)
Elizabeth Wright (2-year term)
City Council Liaison
Lance Lehmann and/or Laura Armstrong