Evansville Youth City Council - YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

Evansville Youth City Council

The Evansville Youth City Council (EYCC) is a group of local high school student leaders who advise the Evansville City Council on municipal action and legislation from a youth perspective while addressing community issues through student-led initiatives.



The EYCC was officially endorsed by the Evansville City Council on August 25th, 2020, but work for the group began much earlier. Leslie Martin, the Founder of the EYCC, has wanted to start a youth organization dedicated to working with local officials since her freshman year of high school, but she did not think other students or community members would support the idea. However, Martin noticed the desire students had for meaningful change when young people across the nation began to protest and demand racial equality in June of 2020. In April of 2020, Martin began contacting city officials to discuss her idea to start a youth advisory committee for the Evansville City Council. Three council members Ben Trockman, Alex Burton, and Kaitlin Moore, supported Martin’s efforts. Martin gathered a team of students to help her create the founding Evansville Youth City Council.

Mission Statement

The Evansville Youth City Council was created to provide students with the opportunity to participate in the city’s decision-making process by providing recommendations to the Evansville City Council, to advocate for Evansville youth through collaboration with municipal government, to organize student-led initiatives and projects to confront community issues, and to encourage Evansville youth to become effective, servant leaders.


Initiatives are special projects or campaigns each class of EYCC members can create to address current issues in Evansville. Special partnerships and collaboration among multiple community groups may transpire from these initiatives, and these relationships can last behold the completion of the initiative. Some initiatives may require the creation of a special committee, a subcommittee chaired by a member(s) of the EYCC that can include students who are not official members. These special committees allow the EYCC to invite more students from the community to join student-led efforts to create meaningful and sustainable change. Topics of initiatives and focus areas of special committees can change from year to year and are subject to change by the approval of the sitting members of the EYCC.


Leslie Martin 
School: Central High School 

Zion Beck
Vice President 
Zion is a sophomore at William Henry Harrison High School, but he is attending Randall T. Shepard Law and Leadership Academy. As Vice President, Zion assists the President with her responsibilities, he chairs the Race and Ethics Special Committee. Besides being a member of the EYCC, Zion is also a member of Teen Advisory Council and GSA, but he also enjoys gardening in his free time. Zion’s favorite part of the EYCC is, “Being able to help and make a difference in the community.”

Timothy “Tim” Dwyer 
Tim is a senior at Signature School, and he serves as the Secretary of the EYCC. As Secretary, Tim handles documentation and internal communication between EYCC members, the YMCA, and the Evansville City Council. Besides being a dedicated member of the EYCC, Tim is also a member of Teen Advisory Council, Signature School Government Club, and Teencourt. Outside of his commitments, Tim enjoys traveling. His favorite memories from the EYCC have been engaging with elected officials in ways he has not been able to before. 

Chloe Shopmeyer
Media and Communications Coordinator 
Chloe has been homeschooled for most of her life, but starting her freshman year, she began taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College to advance her high school curriculum. As the Media and Communications Coordinator, Chloe manages the EYCC social media, external communication, and public interactions. Other than her EYCC membership, Chloe is the newly appointed Youth Governor of Indiana through the Indiana Youth and Government program, a skilled horseback rider, and a violist in orchestra. 

Malachi Joy
School: Reitz High School 

Ty Burns
School: Reitz High School 

Eileen Fligor 
School: Signature School 

Jordon Barksdale
School: North High School


Membership Application

Applications to apply to the Evansville Youth City Council are released every year between April and May. To apply, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in an EVSC high school or a higher education school designated for high school-aged students in Evansville (example: Ivy Tech Early College)
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Showcase a demonstrable interest in civics and/or community service.
  • Pledge to abide by all state, local, and federal laws while maintaining a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Crystal Paroyan at paroyan@ymcaswin.org