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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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.

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.

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.

Des Moines, IA: Des Moines Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board serves the Des Moines City Council, providing a voice for youth in city government. The Mission of the City of Des Moines Youth Advisory Board is to improve community through youth involvement.

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:

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.

Iowa: State of Iowa Youth Action Committee

The State of Iowa Youth Action Committee (SIYAC), is a nonpartisan policy-advisory organization consisting of 15-17 high school students from across the state.

Kentucky: Kentucky Child Now! Youth Advisory Council

The Youth Advisory Council works with the Kentucky Child Now! Board of Directors and participates in the planning and coordination of youth events and leadership training. Council members also promote community service statewide, are advocates for youth concerns and work to get youth more involved in their communities.

Louisiana: Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council

The Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council will examine and advise the legislature on issues such as education, school violence, substance abuse, youth employment, and ways to motivate young people to actively participate in their community and government.  Click here to read the authorizing legislation.