Mayor's Youth Council

Members of the 2022 Mayors Youth Council with the mayor


Meetings are held one or two times per month
Typically 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. 

Northfield High School
Room H108
1400 Division St. S.
Northfield, MN 55057

Announcements of the meetings are placed on the city's website calendar; special meetings are occasionally called. It is desired that members make every attempt to be present at all meetings.

Mayor's Youth Council website

Agendas and minutes

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NameTitleTerm expiration
Eloise Arnold
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Sam Folland
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Josie Hauck
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Rylie Lager
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Isaac Leer
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Savannah Mellies
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Clara Menssen
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Paige Mier
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Maggie Muth
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Patricia Owusu
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Miguel Perez
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Luke Redetzke
Voting Member2022-2023 school year
Danica Sorem
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Grace VanVoorst
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year
Henry Vrtis
Voting Member
2022-2023 school year


For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison. Also, if you have questions or commission for the board, contact a staff liaison and they will assist.

NameTitlePhone number
Meleah FollenStaff liaison507-664-3524
Rhonda PownellMayor507-663-1932


Read Julie Haley's article in the Southern Minn Girlfriends magazine "Having A Voice In Northfield - Mayor's Youth Council".


The Mayor's Youth Council was formed in 2006. Comprised of 15 local youth, the Mayor's Youth Council seeks to assure youth input into civic affairs and works on initiatives to positively impact local young people.

The Mayor's Youth Council consists of local high school juniors and seniors, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. Youth Council members are selected to serve on two-year terms or until they graduate from high school. Members do not receive monetary compensation.

Questions? Email Northfield HCI

2019 accomplishments

  • Provided youth perspective on several issues that came in front of the City Council including the Climate Action Plan, Tobacco 21 and the update to the Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway intersection
  • Worked on bridging gaps amongst their peer groups and between youth and city leaders
  • Attended all City Council meetings during the school year and reported back to the remainder of the group on what the City Council was working on and discussing
  • Responsible for two youth programs
    • Marnita’s Table is held on a quarterly basis and brings a deliberately varied group of youth together over a meal to discuss issues of importance to them, including diversity in our community, climate action and school stress. These gatherings encourage youth to listen to one another and appreciate varying perspectives
    • Game Night happens every other month and provides a space for youth to spend a Friday evening with friends playing board and video games, culminating in a video game tournament and the crowning of a “Game Night Champion”

Membership requirements

The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council each spring based on their interests and willingness to serve.