The Mayor’s Youth Corps is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Class of 2011. Involving young people in community and public service is one of the goals of Mayor Pam Iorio’s administration.

Nominations for the Mayor’s Youth Corps will be accepted from each of the public and private high schools located within the city limits of Tampa. Applications are available in the Guidance Office and are due by October 15, 2011. Members of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council which is made up of past Youth Corps members will review the applications and conduct interviews for acceptance into the program. Youth Corps activities include team building, leadership development, community service, open forums with the Mayor, and the production of a monthly youth-focused television show – From The Corps – which airs on CTTV Channel 615 (Bright House) or channel 15 (Verizon Fios).

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Heimstead, Youth Corps and Volunteer Coordinator at

(813) 274-5909 or email Rebecca.Heimstead@tampagov.net.

This is a great way for children to get involved in their local government. On the career front, this will look good on the resume and college application letter.

Even if this is not an option for your teen, there are other ways to get involved in the community and build their resume. There are many different clubs and organizations at school and in the community for the teens to join. If you are finding it difficult to locate a place to volunteer you can use resources like VolunteerMatch. VolunteerMatch is a website that teams organizations up with volunteers. They have opportunities for people in about every age group to volunteer.