Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council (HCYLC)

The next registration period for for the Leadership Council will run from May 1 through August 30, 2019.

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The Youth Leadership Council provides Hillsborough County high school students grades 9-12 an opportunity to participate in civic, leadership, and community service programs to help develop leadership ability and instill a commitment of community service and life-long civic responsibility.


  • Current students in grades 9-12 attending any Hillsborough County High School


  • Learn through the core programs:
    • Open Forums with County Commissioners - learn key objectives of the Hillsborough County Commission
    • Leadership 101 - learn skills for college and career success such as public speaking, resume writing, business etiquette, and interview skills
    • Community Service - as a group, members will select volunteer opportunities within the community
  • Get the opportunity to:
    • Serve as ambassadors at various functions
    • Attend local and state meetings
    • Represent the organization at local, state, and national conferences

Things To Consider

Applicant Requirements

  • You must:
    • Have the desire to learn how County government works
    • Commit to one year of service on the Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council
    • Have a strong desire to make Hillsborough County a better place for all residents
    • Want to serve as an advocate for peers in the community by voicing their ideas and concerns
  • References:
    • You must submit two references
    • Community leaders, advisors, school faculty or principals, organization leaders, coaches or club sponsors are acceptable references
    • References may not be related to you
    • Recommendation letters are acceptable in lieu of reference form page of the reference section of the application packet
    • If your references submit letters, they still need to send in the quality rating page from the reference section

Advisory Board

  • You will act in an advisory capacity to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners
  • You will research and discuss youth issues with County Commissioners in an open forum
  • The Council will act as an advocacy body for county high school students by highlighting their concerns and promoting action items to effect change

How To

  1. Download the application
    • Applications are also available form guidance offices at participating schools
  2. Fill out the application completely
  3. Submit two references, which can include:
    • Community leaders
    • Advisors
    • School faculty or principals
    • Organization leaders
    • Coaches or club sponsors
    • No relatives
  4. Have your parent or guardian sign the application
  5. Submit application via:
    • Email
    • Mail:
      HCYLC Application
      Attn: Chris Harrison
      15550 Spring Pine Dr.
      Tampa, FL 33624

What's Next

  • An appointed advisory committee of students and adults will:
    • Review the applications
    • Conduct interviews
    • Make recommendations for acceptance into the program

Get Help

(813) 541-5864