The deadline for young people to apply to join the Statewide Youth Council is Friday, May 30. Governor Deval Patrick established the council last month as part of his administration’s effort to engage and involve citizens of all ages and create opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth.
The goal of the Council is to encourage the Commonwealth’s young people to become involved in their communities and to participate in planning and problem solving by taking on leadership roles.
The Youth Council will focus on issues important to youth as well as the Governor’s priorities of education, economic development, and civic engagement. The Youth Council will act as an advisory body to the Governor and his Administration.
The Statewide Youth Council will be comprised of 28 young people ages 14 to 20 representing the 14 counties in the Commonwealth, with two representatives per county. Participants will come from various walks of life and will represent the diversity of the Commonwealth.
Each youth member, together with his or her adult sponsor, will also be responsible for organizing meetings in their local communities to assess which issues should be brought to the statewide council.
These “local councils” will provide more access opportunities for youth to become involved beyond the 28 official representatives, and in this manner will better serve all of the youth of Massachusetts.
Selection of the council will be by application, which is available at www.mass.gov/governor/youthcouncil. Applications are due by May 30.
A selection committee will review the applications and select the 28 members, who will then be notified via mail.