Mayor's Youth Council

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MYC Group Photo 2023

Congratulations to our 9th grade mayor's youth council members!

Karlee Budding
Hadley Erickson
Leia Graham
Rylan Hilton
Riley Holmes
Max Martinez
Wes Nailor
Lizzie Runyan
Kendall Slorah


Indianola Mayor's Youth Council

Front Row (l-r): Wesley Nailor, Rylan Hilton, Max Martinez, Karlee Budding, Riley Holmes, Hadley Erickson, Leia Graham, Kendall Slorah, Lizzie Runyan

2nd RowKaitlyn Bonnes, Elyvia Meacham, Nadia Gioffredi, Taylor Hoger, Audrey Troutman
3rd Row: Thomas Spargo, Derek Willmott, Gracie Hamilton, Lake Martin, Jack Hilton, Ryan Young

Not pictured: Hasie Cambron, Gabe Gibson, Erik Jensen, Lydia Mahlstadt, Morgan Marchant

Highlights from Head Over heels fun run 2023:

A fun day supporting Kiya Koda Humane Society! Congratulations to Joe Ripperger, a local business owner, for winning our Head Over Heels Fun Run! Thank you to our eleven contestants for their friendly competition with one another. We raised over $3,500 for Kiya Koda!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible, Lula Belle Designs, Brickhouse Tavern, Mishmash Eats, Embark Ink, Feed & Foster, Copper + Fringe Beauty Co., The Corn Crib B&B, Affinity Bridals, and Bob's Custom Trophies & Gifts.

MYC Fun Run for Kiya Koda Check Presentation

Watch our slideshow below!

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Celebrating our seniors at Savor The Rise! Thank you, seniors, for your service on the Mayor's Youth Council!

MYC at savor the rise

Dawn Barnes and Bob Lane at Simpson College toured MYC around campus and talked about student classes, activities, and the "town and gown" relationship. 

Simpson tour

MYC went to the Iowa State Capital and visited both the House and Senate chambers. Rep. Boden talked members through the steps of how a bill becomes a law. 

MYC at the Capital

MYC members attended the Indianola Evening Rotary Club to talk about the Youth Council and the projects they have planned.

MYC Rotary Club Visit

MYC visited the Des Moines Metro Opera and learned about the history and operations of DMMO from Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director.

MYC visiting DMMO

MYC dressed up for the "Home for the Holidays" event and helped children write letters to Santa! Members accepted donations to help Indianola High School students in need this holiday season.

MYC Holidays

MYC members had the privilege of enjoying breakfast at one of Indianola's family owned and operated restaurants. Crouse Café has been serving delicious meals and their famous pies since 1946. 

MYC breakfast at Crouse Cafe

City Manager, Ben Reeves, attended a MYC meeting and talked about how the city operates. 

City Manager speaking to MYC members

MYC Gold Out event at an Indianola High School Volleyball game. Members put the event together after meeting with Sheena Gorder, mother of cancer survivor Joie Gorder. Spectators dressed in gold, wore gold ribbons, and had the chance to purchase a duck for the Chuck the Duck contest. All proceeds went to Blank Children's Hospital Child Life Services in honor of Joie. 

High School Students wearing gold in support of cancer survivor, Joie (center)


Established in January of 2011, the Indianola Mayor's Youth Council provides Indianola's youth with an active role in learning about and addressing issues in our community.
Indianola High School students are chosen to serve on the new council and have the unique opportunity to learn how government works, represent the youth in our community, and become actively involved with community projects and activities.


Participation on the council offers valuable leadership experience and will involve close interaction with the Mayor, City Council, and members of the community in working toward the betterment of Indianola.

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