Shelby County youth come together to enact change, influence local policy

Posted by Lindsey Butler on Jan 15, 2020

The Shelby County Youth Council, a youth-led and youth-focused advisory council which provides feedback and recommendations on Shelby County policy, will hold their inaugural Shelby County Youth Summit on February 21, 2020 at BRIDGES, USA.

The Youth Summit is a free event that will bring together 200 youth from all over Shelby County to discuss how our community’s most pressing issues affect all youth and to create solutions. Attendees will participate in workshops to learn more about criminal justice, poverty, education, mental health, and transportation issues. At the end of the summit, a representative from each focus area will share group feedback with key Shelby County stakeholders.

Dara Adamolekun, a junior at Arlington High School and SCYC member representing District 1, is eager to show her peers, as well as Shelby County lawmakers, the gravity of youth input in local government and beyond.

“I’m excited for the youth of Shelby County to realize that they have a voice,” Dara says. “I’m so glad to be part of what will equip the next generation of leaders to make a difference in the world around them.”


The SCYC was created through a landmark partnership between BRIDGES USA, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, and the Shelby County Commission. The council is made of 27 high school-aged youth from each Shelby County commission district, with members being diverse and proportionate in race, gender, and socioeconomic level.

“The Shelby County Youth Council presents real issues that affect all of our residents. We look forward to hearing from youth across the county on how Shelby County Government can begin to address these issues,” says Mayor Harris.

Students who would like to attend the Shelby County Youth Summit can register individually or as a group with a teacher sponsor by visiting The registration deadline is February 7, 2020.

Shelby County Youth Summit
February 21, 2020
The Jim Boyd BRIDGES Center
477 N. Fifth Street
9 am – 1 pm