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Youth Council

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The Hickory Youth Council consists of 30 high school students from throughout the City who are charged with representing all the youth in the City of Hickory. The Youth Council meets on the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at various City facilities or community locations between August and May.

The meetings are open to the public and all are invited to attend. See the City events calendar for upcoming meetings.

These high school students serve as an advisory council to the Hickory City Council, participate in community service projects, and hold events that build leadership skills for themselves and their peers.

If you have any additional questions about the Youth Council, call Dave Leonetti, Business Services and Redevelopment Manager and Staff Liaison for Youth Council, at 828-261-2227 or e-mail

2022-2023 Youth Council Members

Marlee Bland, Tucker Bland, Mallory Bond, Kathleen Bridges, Kristin Bui, Addison Cox, Paige Devlin, Colby Fields, Claire Graham, Draven Haedorens, Lauren Ly, Samantha Midea, George Neal, Jackson Neal, Jenny Nguyen, Sawyer Owens, Lucas Packard, Emma Pitts, Samuel, Pitts, Micaela Pope, Clint Powers, Payce Sherrill, Sloane Sinclair, Caroline Sprinkle, Sarah Starr, Watts Tate, Mebane White, Faith Yeargain, and Virginia Young 

Youth Council Officers for 2022-2023

Virginian Young - Chair
Sawyer Owens - Vice Chair
Colby Fields - Secretary
Lauren Ly - Historian

Representatives on other Hickory Boards and Commissions:

Community Appearance Commission - Clint Powers
Community Relations Council - Mallory Bond and Samantha Midea
Historic Preservation Commission - George Neal
International Council - Kristin Bui, Jenny Nguyen, Colby Fields, Matthew Rostan, Nolan Ray
Library Advisory Board - Sarah Starr
Parks and Recreation Commission - Payce Sherrill
Public Art Commission - Marlee Bland