Durham Youth Commission


The Durham Youth Commission (DYC) was created in 2005 to actively involve youth in policy issues affecting youth, broaden the scope of youth leadership in Durham affairs, promote experimental learning on the functions of government, and develop good civic leadership for the future of the community.

The DYC is a City-funded commission and also one of 25 State Youth Councils. The commission consists of 30 members who are selected through an application process and serve a 1-year term. Members are taught civic engagement and parliamentary procedure, attend conferences around the state to collaborate and learn from other youth councils, and participate in various service learning initiatives. The DYC recently presented their annual update to Durham City Council. Watch the Bull City Today segment below and view the full presentation here!

Membership and Meetings

DYC membership is open to all youth who attend school (Durham Public Schools, private schools, and home schools) in Durham. All applicants will be considered regardless of race, gender, national origin or disability.

The DYC meets the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza.

Terms of Service

The full Durham Youth Commission bylaws can be found by clicking here.

  • An application process will allow the selection of 30 members, 9th grade through 12th grade, who reflect the diversity of Durham.
  • Commission members will demonstrate an understanding of issues facing Durham, and will have a demonstrated history of involvement in community activities as well as school activities.
  • Commission members will serve 1-year terms. The application and selection process will take place annually from April-June.
  • Youth will sign a contract agreeing to the terms of service, which includes a commitment to attend all commission sponsored events, meetings, and training/conferences.
  • Youth will complete up to 40 hours of community service during their 1-year term of service.
  • Selected youth will be responsible for upholding commission by-laws and self-regulating the membership.