Youth Programs

Under the leadership of Mayor Tammy de Weerd the City has committed to ensuring the success of our youth.  As a community we recognize that our youth are 33% of our population but 100% of our future. The City of Meridian is committed to our area youth in all age ranges and has programs and offerings to support and grow our future leaders.

On August 28, 2007, the City of Meridian adopted the National League of Cities' Platform for Strengthening Families and Improved Outcomes for Children and Youth.  The resolution ensures that children and families remain a top priority in Meridian's growth and development.  It also promotes partnerships which enable the city, school district, business leaders, community groups and patents to work together to support development and programs for youth.

The City of Meridian was recognized as one the nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2005, 2006 and 2010 due to its programs that provide opportunities for youth.  The following are the top priority programs and organizations that provides opportunities to youth to grow as develop as leaders in the City of Meridian.



Mayor & CEO's Kids Book Club

The Mayor and CEO's Kids Book Club is an award winning program for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students living in Meridian.  Participants read the monthly selected book and than have the opportunity to spend quality time each month discussing a book with the Mayor and other community leaders (business owners, presidents, and CEOs) who impart to them the importance and joy of reading and show them that it’s true that “readers are leaders” and vice-versa.  Mayor & CEO's Kids Book Club participants attend one session a month for four months, keeping the book they read to start their own personal library!


Mayor's Youth Advisory Council

Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is comprised of high school aged community leaders.  Participants meet with the Mayor and other area city leaders bi-monthly and provide unique insight to our community while learning key relationship building and leadership skills.  MYAC members participate on City Committees and Commissions and are leaders on social issues such as bringing the first Habitat for Humanity home to Meridian, the Idaho Meth Project, and working with area legislators in issues of importance to our youth.  Through their efforts, Meridian is moving from good to great!


Scholarship Program

Understanding the importance of education and valuing service to our community, Mayor De Weerd funds four City Scholarships for graduating youth from State of the City proceeds.  These scholarships are awarded to youth who demonstrate evidence of leadership potential through their community involvement, as well as volunteerism, school activities, or work experience.