Mayor's Youth Council

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2021 Application packet

2020-2021 Indianola Mayor's Youth Council

Front Row (l-r): Hasie Cambron, Anna Young, Paige Geiken, Anja Waugh

2nd Row: Lake Martin, Alyvia Fuller, Hayden Laschanzky, Cora Charleville, Karley Smith, Lizzy Orey, Brooklyn Cross

3rd Row: Jack Hilton, Audrey Troutman, Katie O'Neil, Carter Mahlstadt, Connor Troutman, Cameron Wilson, Logan Grover

Not pictured: Erik Jensen, Grace Powell

Highlights from Bike Fest 2021: Pedal palooza!

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Laurie Abernathy gave MYC a tour of HEAL House of Iowa in November.

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MYC toured the  Warren County Fairgrounds with Manager Jo Reynolds in September.


MYC zoomed on multiple occasions ...

...with Director of Development Charlie Dissell in November...

Community Development zoom meeting

...and a Zoom meeting with our new Mayor Pam Pepper in December.

Dec 14 2020 Zoom meeting with the mayor

MYC got to visit Feed & Foster, one of the newest businesses on The Square, in October with owner Erin Freeburg.


MYC toured The Helping Hand of Warren County and volunteered multiple times to help distribute free food boxes.

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Prior to the special election on March 2nd, all three mayoral candidates visited MYC to share their visions for the city.

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In March MYC visited Embark Ink with owners Molly Rogalla and Rosie Grover and got to try their hand at screen printing.


In April City Horticulturist Angie Buchanan gave MYC members of tour of the city's greenhouse and talked about all that is done to keep Indianola beautiful.

Greenhouse tour

Uncommon Grounds owner  Ashley Martin spoke about her business while MYC members enjoyed a hot cup of Joe at their May 12th meeting.

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2019-2020 ACTIVITIES

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, MYC  and the Indianola Police Department helped distribute over 90 free bike helmets to children in our community through their Curbside Helmet Give Away.


School Resource Officer Jay Hackett came to the MYC meeting on October 2 to discuss his new position at the high school and middle school.

School Resource Officer Jay Hackett

MYC meeting with city council candidates on October 16, 2019.

MYC Meeting with City Council Candidates

MYC tour of the Indianola Fire Department on November 6, 2019.

MYC fire department tour 2019

MYC tour of local business LulaBelle on December 4, 2019.

LulaBell tour 2019


MYC Holiday party 2019

MYC tour of Indianola Public Library on February 5, 2020.

MYC library tour

MYC tour of Downing Construction                   on March 4, 2020.

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Tour of the Des Moines Metro Opera's beautiful, newly refurbished and expanded facility (Spring 2019).


Tour of The Outside Scoop...who doesn't love ice cream for breakfast?! (Fall 2018).

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Tour of the new Helping Hands addition (Fall 2018).

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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.

For more information and photos please visit our Facebook page.