Welcome Youth Delegates!

Come join hundreds of your peers from different states to network, attend workshops and meetings, and explore Charlotte, NC!

The Youth Delegate Planning Committee is already working hard to put together a great conference for youth delegates at the 2017 City Summit in Charlotte. If you are planning to attend the conference and would like to join the planning committee, please contact Laura Furr, Program Manager for Justice Reform and Youth Engagement, at

Youth delegate activities will begin on Thursday, November 16 and conclude on Saturday, November 18. NLC will provide registered youth delegates and chaperones lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Dinner will also be provided to registered youth delegates and chaperones on Friday.

View 2017 youth program schedule.

The conference will provide:

  • Interactive leadership-building opportunities;
  • Social and networking opportunities with fellow youth delegates, adult allies and elected officials;
  • Opportunities to attend workshops and activities;
  • Challenging and inspiring speakers and presenters, and
  • A spotlight on youth voice and youth councils in government!

Need help making the case to city officials for your council to participate?  Use the Youth Justification Letter to support your council’s attendance at the conference.

Only 250 youth delegates and adult allies can participate in NLC conferences. To maximize the number of youth who can participate, we ask that cities keep as close as possible to a ratio of 1 chaperone for each 4 delegates from their city.

Note: A Youth Delegate is a high school student, aged 13 through 18, who is engaged in a youth council/advisory board or other civic activity. Please use these other registration categories if you are not a Youth Delegate:  Students are students in higher education institutions attending the conference for academic purposes. Spouse/Guests may include children under the age of 13, typically children of elected officials attending the conference.  Neither Students nor Guests participate in Youth Delegate activities.

Finally, if you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming City Summit, please help us spread the word to more youth councils in your area by sharing this page.

Please check back frequently for updates and new details!

Laura Furr
Program Manager, Justice Reform and Youth Engagement
Institute for Youth, Education and Families
National League of Cities (NLC)
202-626-3072 office
@laura_furr twitter