Missouri City began accepting applications for its annual Mayor's Youth Commission Aug. 7, and the application window for Sugar Land's Mayor's Youth Advisory Council opens today. Both programs promote active community involvement and provide a better understanding of city government to local youth.

Incoming high school juniors who reside in Sugar Land are considered for the city’s annual Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Potential participants must submit an online application, parent and student forms, and a letter of recommendation.

For those selected to participate, the program begins Nov. 12 with induction and orientation. Over the course of about six months, Sugar Land's MYAC will meet the fire chief, police chief and city manager, and they will receive an overview of public works, environmental and neighborhood services. Participants will also attend a Sugar Land City Council meeting and must complete eight hours of community service by the end of the program.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1. For more information on Sugar Land's MYAC, click here or call 281-275-2329.

Residents in sixth through twelfth grade are encouraged to participate in Missouri City’s Mayor’s Youth Commission. Applicants must show dedication to community service, dedication to academics and leadership qualities.

Orientation for those accepted will take place Oct. 11, and a swearing-in ceremony will be held Oct. 15. Throughout the seven-month program, the commission will attend various meetings, volunteer for at least four local events and take a trip to visit the Capitol in Austin.

The deadline to apply for Missouri City's MYC is Sept. 30. For more information about the program, click here or call 281-403-8638.