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Mayor's Office Accepting Applicants for Legislative Youth Advisor

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Mayor Hodges has formally announced a search for a Legislative Youth Advisor to serve as a consultant on matters affecting youth in the Charlestown community.

Indiana code allows for the Mayor to appoint a person under the age of 18 to serve and represent Charlestown in an advisory capacity to the local legislative body.

IC 36-4-13Chapter 13. Legislative Body Youth Adviser

36-4-13-1Appointment of youth adviser

36-4-13-2Youth adviser not a member

IC 36-4-13-1Appointment of youth adviser

Sec. 1. The presiding officer of the legislative body of a municipality may appoint an individual who is not more than eighteen (18) years of age to serve as an adviser to the legislative body on matters affecting youth in the community. As added by P.L.69-2008, SEC.2.

IC 36-4-13-2Youth adviser not a member

Sec. 2. An individual appointed under section 1 of this chapter is not a member of the legislative body. As added by P.L.69-2008, SEC.2.

The Legislative Youth Advisor attends all meetings of the Common Council, serving as a non-voting advisor to the municipal legislative body (Mayor and City Council), and as a point of contact for other young citizens to express their perspectives and opinions about issues that affect the day-to-day operations of Charlestown city government.

Applicants must be between the ages of 16-18, may attend any school but must be a resident of Charlestown within the municipal city limits, and demonstrate strong character, leadership skills as well as exemplary academic performance. Interested and qualified students who will turn 16 before the end of the calendar year are also encouraged to apply.

The YLA must be able to attend monthly council meetings on the first Monday of every month at 6:30 pm, receive communication from other young people to present when applicable, and attend a monthly meeting with the Mayor. The application period remains open, however applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Questions can be directed to Mayor Treva Hodges at (812) 256-3422 or

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