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Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC)

Mayor Dave Wood Youth Advisory Council

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) is open to high school students who live in or attend school in Mishawaka, Indiana. Students are nominated to serve on the MYAC because of their academic excellence, leadership and community involvement they exhibit in their school and community. The council is comprised of sophomore, junior and seniors, who serve out a 2-year term.

What to expect

Students learn about municipal government, area businesses and participate in Mishawaka Parks Department and other City of Mishawaka activities that take place in our community.  Students participate in a large community project in October and form committees to complete a Leadership Project at the end of each school year.

The Council meets monthly. In addition, the MYAC may attend events and activities related to their initiatives and responsibilities on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Our projects

Pocket Park

At this time, Mayor Wood and MYAC are almost ready to cut the ribbon of their 2022 Leadership Project, the Mishawaka Pocket Park. The Pocket Park, which was conceptually designed by the MYAC, will create a beautiful signature park in the heart of Mishawaka’s historical downtown.

Planning the pocket park began last fall and was made possible from the students’ crowdfunding efforts. Within only two months, the MYAC was able to raise over $50,000 from local businesses, private donors, and local organizations. These donations were matched by the State of Indiana’s Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and Patronicity Program, totaling $100,000.


The City of Mishawaka moved their City Hall location from the former Bingham School at 600 E. Third Street to the former Liberty Mutual Building at 100 Lincolnway West. This large, brick structure was remodeled by the City to combine three previous municipal locations, all into one. City of Mishawaka Departments, the Mishawaka Utilities Business Office and the Mishawaka Police Department all now share this same address. Once the announcement of the new City Hall was made, Mayor Wood challenged the MYAC to create a space within it that the MYAC could call their own. With meetings to construct their ideas, the MYAC space came to life. This is now where the MYAC holds their monthly meetings.

Heroes Park

Heroes Park, formally known as Hums Park, is located on Mishawaka’s southeast side. The MYAC revitalized this park and specifically designed it for teenagers. This significant investment of $500,000 was a combination of City funds, grants from My Community My Vision and Patronicity grants, and donations of local sponsors. Visitors to the park can experience firsthand the thoughtful input of teenagers, evident in features like the Fitcore extreme obstacle course inspired by “American Ninja Warrior” and a ga-ga ball pit. Moreover, the park pays tribute to local individuals who have made an impact and remarkable contributions to Mishawaka, fostering a sense of community pride and appreciation. As the park continues to evolve with ongoing improvement projects, it remains a symbol of youth empowerment and civic collaboration in Mishawaka.

Join the MYAC for their end of the year final leadership project!

Our officers

Our current council

The current council comprises students from Mishawaka High School, Penn High School, St. Joseph High School and Marian High School.

Ellie Adams 
Liam Bauschke
Ty Caruso
Lydia Choi
Joel Cocquyt
Margaret Coppens-Clark
Ethan Cunningham-Gloster
Londyn DuVal
McKinzie Finn
Brady Fisher
Ava Fox
Kate Gradeless
Sophia Hoover
Prescott Horvath
Ellis Kaplan
Patricia Kirk
Payton Lorman
Alliana Marshall
Jo Jo Murphy
Landen Neighbour
Sheridan Pellico
Daniel Phillips
Josephine Phillips
Orianna Pierce
Nishorgo Proshun
Arianna Rice
Lydia Shely
Reagan Sutherland
Ian Szpisjak
Luke VanTornhout
Audrey Wandling
Anna Yoder


AIM Placemaking Award

Heroes Park: Best Project of the Year 2021

AIM Leadership Award


Youth Advisory Council news

City of Mishiwaka Indiana, The Princess City Established 1833

Mayor Dave Wood Youth Advisory Council

Executive Assistant to Mayor Wood and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council:
Krista Neighbour

Phone: 574-258-1601