Rochester Hills Government Youth Council (RHGYC)
The Rochester Hills City Council has established the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council (RHGYC) to promote youth involvement in local government through active participation and the mutual exchange of ideas and experience. There are 15 positions on the youth council, which include representatives from each City Council district (1, 2, 3 and 4). Youth members serve one-year terms with the opportunity for reappointment and terms run concurrent with the school year, September 1 through August 31.

2020/2021 Meeting Dates

Meetings are held at City Hall at 6:00 pm the first Wednesday of each month. The Youth Council may change the meeting schedule by a majority vote and a special notice will be posted regarding any changes of location , date or time. Check out the Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date meeting information. 

Application Process

Selection Process
To be eligible for consideration for the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council, you must 
  • Be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school. 
  • Reside in the City of Rochester Hills. 
  • Submit the appropriate application packet.
How to Apply
  • Member Application - If you are unable to download the application, see below for further contact information.
  • Profile Information - Name, address, email address, telephone number, birth date, age, school name, grade, graduation date and parent / guardian information.
  • Essay Questions- Write a short essay on a separate piece of paper responding to five application questions. Your response should be 500 words or less.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - Include two letters of recommendation from adults who know you at school and your activities out of school.
  • Interest Statement - Be sure to read and sign the Interest Statement and have your Parent or Legal Guardian sign the application document.
  • Brochure - Review this brochure for further information.
Please review the following checklist to be certain your application packet is complete:
  • Application 
  • Essay questions 
  • Two letters of recommendation

Youth Council Members

District 1
  • Abhro Debnath
    Rochester High School
    Cemetery Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Caroline Bull
    Adams High School
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Henry Hall
    Adams High School
    Deer Management Advisory Committee
  • Numair Haq
    Adams High School
    Citizens Pathway Review Committee
  • Yitian Zhang
    International Academy
    Public Safety and Infrastructure Committee
  • Aimee Zhao
    International Academy
    Liquor License Committee
District 2
  • Tanish Kalwad
    Adams High School
    Liquor License Committee
  • Bella Morris
    Chs Renaissance (homeschool)
    Human Resources Committee
  • Maya Vijayakumar
    International Academy
    Green Space Advisory Board
District 3
  • Amanpreet Dosanjh
    Rochester High School
    Human Resources Committee
  • Aaron Yoon
    Rochester High School
    Green Space Advisory Board
District 4
  • Ryan Barrett
    Rochester High School
    Water System Advisory Council
  • Jackson Otlewski
    International Academy
    Water System Advisory Council
  • Erica Traskos
    Stoney Creek High School
    Cemetery Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Shreya Pillai
    Rochester High School
    Public Safety & Infrastructure Committee
City Council Representative
  • Ryan J. Deel - Term: 12/06/2021

Responsibilities as a Youth Representative 

  • Attend and actively participate at a City Council monthly meeting
  • Attend City Council Technical Review Committees on an as-needed basis
  • Participate in the completion of various projects chosen by the Youth Council
  • Serve as youth ambassadors for the City of Rochester Hills
  • Participate in community engagement and volunteer opportunities with your peers.

Additional Opportunities

In addition to service on the Youth Council, the Rochester Hills City Council has established youth representative positions on each of the following committees: 
  • Cemetery Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Citizens Pathway Review Committee
  • Deer Management Advisory Committee 
  • Green Space Advisory Board 
  • Human Resources Technical Review Committee
  • Liquor License Review Committee
  • Public Safety and Infrastructure
  • Water and Sewer Technical Review Committee
Youth Council members are required to attend these committee meetings, scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Agendas, Notices and Minutes

Visit the City's Legislative Center for the latest meeting agenda, as well as prior meeting information, notices and minutes (if applicable).

Contact Information

Sheila Brown, Deputy Clerk |

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