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Groundbreaking Teens Making a Difference

What we do

The Surprise Youth Council gives youth a genuine voice and engages them in common interests to make Surprise one.

  • Discover: find out what teens want through research, surveys, social media, focus groups and interviews
  • Unite: plan events, competitions and youth forums that build community
  • Serve: complete community service and art projects – Mural Project
  • Solve: build awareness, connect with policy makers and solve problems
  • Learn: learn about team building and leadership through local and national conferences, workshops and retreats
  • Collaborate: work with local leaders, including: the Mayor & City Council, business leaders, non-profits and school administrators

How to join


  • Must be entering 8th grade through 12th grade the following school year
  • Must attend a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits OR a Dysart Unified School District high school or reside within the city of Surprise.
  • A maximum of five students will be non-residents.

Application Process: 

Recruitment and selection for vacant SYC positions takes place in February / March Interested students must submit:

  • A short introductory video and completed parent acknowledgement form – Download Form
  • Share your application video from your Google Drive – share with All application videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019. All Parent Acknowledgment forms must be submitted separately by email to 

A maximum of 30 teens are accepted into the Surprise Youth Council


  • The SYC meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, Building D. Additional committee meetings are required per month as well as special meetings for committee chairs or project leads.
  • Members are expected to attend as many SYC events/programs, service projects, trainings and social outings as possible
  • Members are evaluated bi-annually based on the council’s expressed expectations and the individual member’s participation and engagement level. Members serve at the City’s discretion, until he or she resigns or graduates from high school.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Councilman David Sanders

Lunch & Learn – Social Media for Small Business
Feb 28, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Is your business on social media? While some businesses dabble in one or two channels, most are not doing it very effectively nor targeting the right audience. Understanding the right media is key to a successful social media campaign. Join us for an information session covering some of the top social media channels, their strengths and weaknesses, and how to utilize them effectively to attract and retain clients.  Event Type: Seminars
Location: AZ TechCelerator 12425 W. Bell Road  Building D
Surprise, Arizona 85378

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

The General Plan 2035 guides the city’s development. It expresses community values and goals, and portrays the community’s vision to create an overall sense of community, while respecting and celebrating the city’s unique character areas.

The City has moved from a Traditional land use approach to a Character Area approach with fewer land use categories. This approach provides more flexibility in determining a development proposal’s intent and how it interacts with the surrounding area.

Staff will work with stakeholders during the development process, react to market demands and promote unique development. It creates a more business-friendly planning environment while still promoting quality growth!

The Surprise Land Use Character Areas are grouped into four (4) different functional categories, which are identified below and described in greater detail in the Land Use Element:

Recognition & Awards:

  • Top Ten Safest City in the U.S. (Parenting Magazine 2014)
  • #5 Fastest Growing City in the U.S. (WalletHub 2016)
  • Global City of the Year (Global Chamber of Phoenix 2017)
  • Silver Award for Partnerships with Educational Institutions – Ottawa University (International Economic Development Council 2017)
  • Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship – AZ TechCelerator (International Economic Development Council 2017)
  • Bronze Award for Business Retention & Expansion (Single Event) – City of Surprise Bridge-to-Business Program / Bell & Grand Campaign (International Economic Development Council 2017)

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Arizona’s 8th congressional district since January 3, 2013
U.S. Representative  Debbie Lesko
Area9,057 sq mi (23,460 km2)
Distribution87.3% urban12.7% rural
Population (2015)767,981[1]
Median income$67,699[2]
Ethnicity73.9% White3% Black2.1% Asian18.2% Hispanic0.8% Native American0.1% other
Cook PVIR+13[3]

Arizona’s 8th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It includes many of the suburbs north and west of Phoenix, in Maricopa County, Arizona.

After redistricting for the 2012 general election, the new 8th district encompasses most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district, while most of the former 8th district became the 2nd congressional district.[4] It is the geographic and demographic successor of the old 2nd; while the 4th district contains most of the old 2nd’s land, more than 92 percent of the old 2nd’s constituents were drawn into the 8th.[5]

This House seat was vacated by Representative Trent Franks on December 8, 2017. A special election was held on April 24, 2018 and won by Republican Debbie Lesko.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Surprise To Consider Internal Auditing Upgrades

By Matthew Casey Published: Friday, September 2, 2016 – 2:22pmUpdated: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 – 8:53am

The Surprise City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to strengthen its internal auditing program.

One ordinance protects the internal auditor’s independence, and guarantees them access to city records. The other creates an oversight committee of residents, staff and elected officials.

This spring, authorities accused a former city revenue manager of stealing at least $836,000 over seven years.

There weren’t enough checks and balances when the former revenue manager allegedly stole cash from bank deposits and replaced it with checks made out to the city, said Councilman Roland Winters Jr.

“This should give our voters and our residents of Surprise a feeling of being very confident that the people who work for the city, and the elected officials, are in the up and up,” Winters said.

Winters is a member of the oversight committee, which he said has already held preliminary meetings.

The former revenue manager is scheduled to stand trial in February.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

The city pays Councilman Winters a good salary so why are we paying for a traveling aid.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact Steven Olmsted at SOlmsted@azdot.govor 602.712.6421. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto Steven Olmsted a o 602.712.6421. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.

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Mayor Skip Hall- Councilwoman Nancy Hayden D2 Community Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Join Councilmember Nancy Hayden to discuss the issues that are important to you and learn more about what’s happening across the city.

Date: February 13, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Arizona Traditions – Classroom Address: 18265 Traditions Loop Rd

Ask the gate guard for meeting location directions upon arrival.