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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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.

Maine: Legislative Youth Advisory Council

The Legislative Youth Advisory Council is a permanent advisory Council created in statute by Public Law of 2001. This is the first Legislative Council in the nation, and the only one that they know of that has the power to submit legislation. The purpose of the Council is to advise the Legislature and its Committees on issues related to youth.

Maryland: Maryland Youth Council

The Maryland Youth Council was authorized in October 2006.

Nashville, TN: Nashville Mayor's Youth Council

On November 11, 1999, Mayor Bill Purcell appointed the first Mayor’s Youth Council. The Mayor’s Youth Council consists of 32 high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools. The Council holds monthly meetings and meets quarterly with the Mayor.

Nebraska: Attorney General's Youth Advisory Council

AGYAC is a group comprised of over 60 high school seniors from across the state and is designed to involve Nebraska students in the processes of government and law. Students selected serve during their senior year in high school.

Nevada: Nevada Youth Legislative Forum

The Nevada Legislature has created the Youth Legislative Issues Forum, a 21-member group of students in grades 9 - 12. Each senator, with input from assembly members, will appoint one young person to the Forum. The members serve for one year and can be reappointed. The Forum will hold at least two public hearings each year.

New Hampshire: New Hampshire Youth Advisory Council

A legislative youth advisory council is established to examine issues of importance to youth, such as education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in local and state government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to state and local services.

New Mexico: Youth Alliance

Led by the New Mexico Forum for Youth.