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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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.

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.

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 Mexico: Youth Alliance

Led by the New Mexico Forum for Youth.

North Carolina: State Youth Council

The State Youth Council is comprised of teenagers from local youth councils across North Carolina. SYC provides opportunities for young people to be involved in local projects, participate in government, develop leadership skills, and represent youth in civic activities.  Click here to learn more.

San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Youth Commission

The San Francisco Youth Commission is a diverse group of 17 young people between the ages of 12 and 23. The youth come from all across the city to serve as the official youth voice at City Hall.

Vermont: Youth Advisory Council

The VTSP Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is made up of one peer elected member from each VTLSP School. The council meets three times per year and each member must commit to two major safety projects in the school year. Sponsored by the Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program.

Washington: Legislative Youth Advisory Council

This youth council was formed to examine issues of importance to youth, such as: education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to services.

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.

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: