We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!


Ready by 21 Policy Networks

America's Youth Councils Network, managed by the Forum for Youth Investment, brings together young people from state and local youth councils: officially sanctioned groups created to provide policy makers with young people's unique perspectives and expertise. Participants receive Forum tools and resources, documentation and dissemination of their work to a broader audience, networking with their peers in youth councils across the country, and opportunities to have their voices heard at the national level.

The America's Youth Council's Network is calling for the creation of a National Youth Council.

Want to learn more about youth councils? Considering creating a new one? Want to make an existing one even better? Check out Building Effective Youth Councils: a Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making.

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Related News and Publications

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Children’s Cabinet Directors Meet with White House and Congressional Leaders

On June 30, the Forum convened the Children's Cabinet Network in Washington, DC to meet with federal policymakers about improving coordination between state and national youth policy.

Youth Voice: a Topic of Discussion at the White House

The Forum’s America's Youth Councils Network is working with a coalition of national organizations to advocate for the creation of a National Youth Council. On June 30th, coalition members had a West Wing sit-down with Tina Tchen, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, to discuss their vision for ways to incorporate youth voice into federal policymaking.

Sign on Letter Calling for the Creation of a National Youth Council

This letter, signed by leading youth voice organizations, calls for the creation of a national youth council.

Youth Council's Online Toolkit - Intro PowerPoint

This introductory PowerPoint will help new users use the Youth Councils Online Toolkit. For information on how to obtain a username and password, please contact Danielle Evennou at danielle@forumfyi.org.

2nd Annual Youth Councils Convening

America's Youth Councils Network, made up of youth councils from across the country, met in Washington, DC on October 25 & 26 to share best practices and gain national attention for youth councils.

Documents for March 30 Youth Councils Network Call

The following documents provide an updates and summaries of key federal policy that impacts children and youth:

Webinar: Creating State and Local Youth Policy Councils

This Webinar, held on December 3rd, 2007, offered an opportunity to hear firsthand about how youth from across the country are successfully engaging with policymakers in formal bodies called youth councils. The Forum also discussed the key principles of creating an effective youth council, which are outlined in the paper Building Effective Youth Councils.

Arizona: Governor's Youth Commission

The Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) is intended to be a diverse and representative body of the high school population within the state of Arizona. The GYC consists of forty members composed of sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the state.

Boston, MA: Boston Mayor's Youth Council

The Mayor's Youth Council provides Boston's young people with an active role in addressing youth issues. High school juniors and seniors are selected to serve as volunteer representatives of every neighborhood in the city.

Hampton, VA: Hampton Youth Commission

The Hampton Youth Commission is a city funded Commission composed of 24 high school aged youth from all four of the public high schools in Hampton as well as Peninsula Catholic and Hampton Roads Academy. The Hampton Youth Commission represents the ideas and opinions of young people in the city, in order for the youth to have a more formal role in the city's planning and decision making.