New York State Governor’s Youth Council

The New York State Governor’s Youth Council provides an effective way to engage youth in state government and creates a platform for their voices to be heard by policymakers. This is an incredible opportunity for New York’s youth to represent their county on a statewide level! Members of the NYS Governor’s Youth Council will offer their solutions to key issues facing young people in NYS to the Governor and other policymakers, including how to have better outreach and communication strategies to young people. 

Youth voice is recognized through this initiative; if you would like your voice heard apply today! 

New York State Governor’s Youth Council Membership Application 2022-2023

About the New York State Governor’s Youth Council


The Youth Council will be made up of 62 young people ages 13-21, one representing each county to be selected via the selection process.  

Main Objectives

The Youth Council is youth-run and adult supported; its members will work to identify and prioritize issues that matter to New York State youth.  

Give Formal Voice to Youth

The Youth Council provides representation for New York’s youth and creates a forum for advocacy. It facilitates ongoing, 2-way communication with policy-makers, to better address youth and community issues. Youth Council members are expected to develop ways to get regular input from other youth about their ideas and concerns. 

Civic Engagement and Education

Youth Council members get first-hand experience with how the democratic process works by becoming involved in government in a practical, hands-on way.

Community Contribution

In addition to representing the needs and interests of youth to policymakers, the Youth Council will assist State and Local governments to promote positive youth development throughout initiatives.

Youth Council Member Commitments

Youth must understand the great opportunity offered upon selection and commit to the following if appointed to the NYS Governor’s Youth Council:
• Participate in statewide virtual trainings on positive youth development.
• Attend regional meetings via online platforms
• Work on selecting policy issues to inform local, regional and/or state changes
• Seek out, listen and respect others’ opinions and experiences
• Maintain your membership until March 31, 2022