Mayor's Youth Leadership Council

The Mayor's Youth Leadership Council was formed in 2001 to involve the high school students of our community in decision making, leadership development and future planning for Gastonia. 
School year 2023-2024:
The Mayor's Youth Leadership Council is involved with numerous projects, including:
  • Planning and providing a meal for the Shelter of Gaston County
  • Organizing food for the Backpack Weekend Food Program
  • Planning and implementing activities for the Gastonia Boys and Girls Club
  • Hosting the first-ever Special Populations Game Night
  • Hosting the Second Annual Special Olympics Fishing Derby
  • Volunteering at the Community Foundation Run
  • Volunteering at the Senior Games of Gaston County
  • Fundraising for the American Cancer Society at Relay for Life

A few of our accomplishments are:

  • "Party at the Pavilion" - a community-wide drug and alcohol-free concert for all county high school students
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament - fundraiser involving area high school students to fund MYLC projects
  • Habitat for Humanity - assisted the Gastonia Police Department in the building of their Habitat House
  • Hospital Visits - visited children and hospice patients at Gaston Memorial Hospital during Christmas
  • Gaston Boys and Girls Club - organized and hosted seasonal parties with food, games and activities for Christmas and Valentine's Day
  • Created the Annual Special Olympics Fishing Tournament - held at Rankin Lake Park

To empower youth as leaders, volunteers, peer mentors, and community decision makers.
To serve the common good of the community and provide a voice for the city’s youth while organizing and participating in constructive community service projects, strengthening relationships among all members of the community, building a noncompetitive spirit between students of Gastonia area schools, promoting youth participation in governmental affairs, and acting as a resource for any city organization upon request.
For more information on the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, see the Quick Links section to the right.
2023-2024 Mayor's Youth Leadership Applications are due by Friday, September 1, 2023.




Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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