Under the stewardship of the Youth Opportunities Office, the Youth Council began their inaugural term on May 23, 2012. During this term, 12 youth from each of the City's five districts worked to identify and address the needs of their peers through research, policy advocacy, and volunteer work. Highlights from this initial term include team building and leadership trainings, presentation and public speaking workshops, volunteer opportunities, and an introduction to municipal government.
During their term, the Worcester Youth Council conducted a city-wide youth survey which resulted in the development of subcommittees to address the top three concerns of youth: substance abuse, bullying, and gang violence. The Council's hard work culminated in a presentation to the Standing Committee on Youth, Parks and Recreation as well as three youth-run community events.
- The Bullying Subcommittee hosted a city-wide Anti-Bullying Logo Contest. The Youth Council unveiled the winning logo at an open mic poetry slam.
Substance Abuse Subcommittee
- The Substance Abuse Subcommittee held an information booth at the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and provided free informational materials, fun interactive activities, and solicited pledges for their "I Am Free" social norms campaign.
- The Violence Subcommittee recognized 20 young people under the age of twenty who were selected through a nomination process, for their service, leadership and commitment to the community at a Twenty Under 20 awards celebration.