Youth Delegate Program

Come join hundreds of your peers from different states to network, attend workshops and meetings, learn about the political process and enjoy Washington, DC!

The National League of Cities encourages municipal officials to bring current high school students to the Congressional City Conference. NLC hosts dedicated youth sessions and also encourages youth to attend the general session and regular conference workshops. Youth delegates and elected officials learn from one another and the Institute for Youth, Education and Families about building safe, healthy and educated youth in cities and towns across the nation.

The Youth Delegate Planning Committee is already working hard to put together a great conference for youth delegates at the 2017 Congressional City Conference.  If you would like to be a part of the planning committee, please contact Laura Furr, Program Manager for Justice Reform and Youth Engagement, at

Youth delegate activities will begin on Sunday, March 12 in the afternoon and conclude in the early afternoon on Tuesday, March 14, leaving time for an optional visit to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators.

View the 2017 Youth Delegate Program schedule.

The Conference will provide:

  • Interactive leadership-building opportunities;
  • Social and networking opportunities with fellow youth delegates, adult allies and elected officials;
  • Opportunities to attend workshops and activities;
  • Challenging and inspiring speakers and presenters, and
  • A spotlight on youth voice and youth councils in government!

Only 200 youth delegates and adult allies can participate in NLC conferences. To maximize the number of youth who can participate, we ask that cities keep as close as possible to a ratio of 1 chaperone for each 4 delegates from their city.

Need help justifying your conference costs? Use this customizable justification letter.

Registration note: A Youth Delegate is a high school student, aged 13 through 18, who is engaged in a youth council/advisory board or other city civic activity.  Please use these other registration categories if you are not a Youth Delegate:  Students are students in higher education institutions attending the conference for academic purposes. Spouse/Guests are children under the age of 13, typically children of elected officials attending the conference.  Neither Students nor Guests participate in Youth Delegate activities.

Finally, if you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming Congressional City Conference, please help us spread the word to more youth councils in your area.

Please check back frequently for updates and new details about the youth program at the conference!

Youth Program Contact:
Laura Furr
Program Manager, Justice Reform and Youth Engagement
Institute for Youth, Education and Families
National League of Cities (NLC)
202-626-3072 office
@laura_furr twitter