Youth Council

The mission of the Town of Harrisburg Youth Council is to increase and promote civic engagement while empowering the youth of the Town of Harrisburg.

Youth Council Goals:

  • To provide educational opportunities for youth to learn about the Town and local government.
  • To provide community educational opportunities related to the youth of the Town of Harrisburg
  • To connect with the community through community service projects

Youth Council video

Youth Council By-Laws

2019 Youth Council Application

Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

Youth Council Presentation to Council by Phillip Brown 2-10-2020

Agendas and Minutes

September 24, 2019

October 22, 2019

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Carley Keller – Vice Chair, Phillip Brown – Chair

Phillip Brown is a senior at Hickory Ridge High School with plans to attend a four-year college to Double Major in Theatre production and Political Science with minors in criminal justice and communication. Phillip’s goal is to become an activist for individuals whose voices are not heard.  He plans on doing all of this while pursuing a career in acting, directing, and producing. For the past four years and currently, Phillip volunteers with the Myrtis Simpson Walker Youth Leadership Foundation for the Rising Stars Boys Program.  For Hickory Ridge High school, along with his sister, Phillip helped to plan, coordinate, and hosted the school’s first African American History Program, which will continue as his legacy with the school. Phillip also planned, coordinated, and hosted the schools Talent show where all students are welcomed to show case their talents!

Phillip is a club officer with the Colors of Consciousness club, which provides a safe place for students to voice their opinions on certain topics while promoting Diversity and Inclusion at Hickory Ridge.  Phillip was recently elected to serve as the Senior Class president at Hickory Ridge. For his tenure, Phillip hopes to increase moral within the school and to create service projects to help those in need in the community. Phillip recently competed in the Optimist International Oratorical Competition, where he had the chance to competes as one of the top 49 competitors out of 27,000 students worldwide.

Phillip serves as a Youth Chaplin at his church, Parkwood CME and devotes himself to serving the lord. Phillip loves to help others and is excited about being appointed to serve as the chair for Harrisburg’s Youth Council.

Carley Keller is a Junior at Hickory Ridge High School with plans to attend a four-year college upon graduation. Carley is a member of the Raging Bulls Varsity Cheerleading Team – GO Bull’s! Carley also serves as a Junior Representative on Student Council.  In her spare-time Carley, is a lifeguard at her neighborhood pool. Carley is currently the state of North Carolina’s Representative for the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Youth Advocacy Board. Carley also serves as the Vice President of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Carolinas Chapter Junior Board.  Many of you may have seen Carley’s beautiful face on billboards throughout the region in the Levine Children’s Hospital Patient Campaign. Carley and her family hold a Crohn’s and Colitis Corn-hole and Cooking tournament each year to help find ways to support and help patients with Crohn’s and Colitis.  

For two years in a row, Carley’s team, Carl’s Team was the top fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Walk. Carley has also been selected as the Honored Hero for 2019-2020 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Carley is very involved in the community and is looking forward to continuing to serve the community by being appointed as the vice-chair for Harrisburg’s Youth Council.