Do you know a teen who is interested in making our town a better place? Do they have great ideas for the future of Texarkana or want to learn more about local government? Here is a great opportunity for them as the City of Texarkana, Texas is looking for teens to join a brand new program called the Texarkana Youth Advisory Council (TYAC).

This program is open to students in 10th to 12th grades between the ages of 15 and 18 years. The candidates must live in the Texarkana Texas city limits.

There will be seven students who will be appointed to serve on the council at a time. This is the same amount of council seats on the City Council.


Chiquita Burks the Texarkana, Texas City Management Fellow will be leading the new youth advisory council. She stated in a press release,

The City wants to nurture tomorrow’s leaders by appointing a group of civic-minded young adults who can advise staff and Council on matters related to their generation. In exchange, members will learn about the mechanics of local government, including budgeting, marketing, networking, leadership, event planning, and program evaluation.

Students that will be in TYAC will learn to:

Empower, support and inform youth

Create a family-friendly community

Enable and encourage youth to be engaged, mindful residents of their community

The TYAC will meet once a quarter and also attend some of the council meetings. There is a possibility that they will travel for training and education.


If you know someone interested in this program they need to apply soon. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 1, 2023. applicants that are approved will then be interviewed and appointed by the Texarkana Texas City Council.

Applicants interested in this program can apply online at

If you would like more information contact Chiquita Burks at or (903) 798-3934.

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