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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 5:30 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

Join the Hickory Youth Council

The Youth Council is currently seeking applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Click the button below to download the application form. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2022.

2022-2023 Hickory Youth Council Application


2021-2022 Youth Council Members

Marlee Bland, Mallory Bond, Kathleen Bridges, Kristin Bui, Paige Devlin, Colby Fields, Elizabeth Garmon, Claire Graham, Samantha Hackney, Madison Hamilton, Jane Kamau, Lauren Ly, Samantha Midea, George Neal, Jenny Nguyen, Sawyer Owens, Perry Pate, Clint Powers, Nolan Ray, Matthew Rostan, Lorna Seddon, Payce Sherrill, Klaire Starr, Sarah Starr, Jack Tomlinson, Mebane White, and Virginia Young 


Youth Council Officers for 2021-2022

Sawyer Owens - Chair
Virginia Young - Vice Chair
Madison Hamilton - Secretary
Elizabeth Garmon - 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