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Teen Leadership Council

The PowerUp Teen Leadership Council empowers and inspires teens to make a difference and become champions for healthier lifestyles among their peers and communities.

 Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Be champions for healthier lifestyles among peers and communities
  • Recruit, select, and mobilize peers to get involved in PowerUp programs
  • Work with staff to consult and advise on programs and initiatives
  • Participate in leadership opportunities and career exploration

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 9th-12thgrade (or 14-18 years old) for 2020-2021 school year
  • Live in the Twin Cities Metro or St. Croix Valley area
  • Interested in health and well-being 
  • Want to make a difference in your school and community




  • Regular attendance at meetings during the summer and school year (September-May).
    • Meetings occur the first three Mondays of each month from 6-7:30 PM
  • Meetings will include a combination of in-person, remote and longer "retreat style" events over the course of the year.
  • Time commitment ranges from 1.5 hours per week to up to 8 hours per week, depending on projects and special events.
  • Transportation assistance to meetings will be provided if needed.


Benefits of Participation:

  • All selected Teen Leadership Council members will receive a stipend (up to $35 per month) for their time and commitment
  • Members will:
    • Gain leadership skills and enhance youth development competencies
    • Become leaders in creating a culture of health and wellness
    • Feel confident and empowered to make a difference in their communities
    • Practice collaborating with and mobilizing their peers
  • Watch this video to hear what previous TLC members have to say about being part of the council!


Your Application Will Include:

  • Basic demographic information
  • Video OR Written Statement answering the following questions:
    • What are your hobbies and/or interests?
    • What is a health and wellness issue you are passionate about, why is it important to you?
    • Why you are interested in being a part of the PowerUp Teen Leadership Council (TLC)?
    • What are your personal goals for participation as a member?
    • While experience is not required, please tell us if you have any previous experience related to promoting health and wellness, collaborating with your peers and the community, or leadership
  • Letter of Recommendation from an adult who knows you well.


To Apply:

  •  APPLICATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Please check back in June 2021.



  • September 14, 2020 – Applications due (rolling application). Space is limited so please apply early.
  • August-September 2020 – One-on-one meet and greet/interviews
  • August-September 2020 – Students notified on selection decision
  • September 28, 2020 – Kick-off meeting, 6-8 PM