Youth Councils

Westchester County Youth Councils: Junior and Senior

Read our Sept 2011-June 2012 HIGHLIGHTS

Westchester County Junior Youth Council

Established in 2003, The Westchester County Junior Youth Council is a teen-run, multi-issue youth advocacy program. The mission of the WCJYC is to empower teens to become an active “voice” and sounding board throughout Westchester County for important issues of county responsibility, such as health, mental health and the social services planning process. WYC participants develop and promote a countywide youth agenda and serve on committees dealing with fundraising and the performing arts. The four major components of the program are community service, collaboration with the WCYC, training from Westchester County professionals and mission-related field trips. The WCJYC is open to young people aged 10 to 13 years who have a desire to make a positive impact on their community. Youth can participate for the entire three years.

Location
White Plains Family Center
One Summit Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Westchester County Senior Youth Council

The Westchester County Youth Council is a teen-run, multi-issue youth advocacy program. The mission of the WCYC is to empower teens to become an active “voice” and sounding board throughout Westchester County for important issues of county responsibility, such as health, mental health and the social services planning process. WYC participants develop and promote a countywide youth agenda and serve on committees dealing with substance abuse, teen sexuality, and youth violence. The Westchester County Youth Council was the winner of the 2001 Westchester Children’s Association Youth Leadership Award and has received recognition from Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, the County Legislature and members of the New York State Assembly and Senate.

The WCYC consists of teen representatives from demographically diverse areas who meet monthly and interact with local governments, commissions, task forces and youth agencies. In addition to monthly meetings members are also required to attend committee meetings. The WCYC is open to young people aged 14 to 18 years who have a desire to make a positive impact on their community.

In addition, the WCYC co-sponsors the annual Westchester Youth Action Convention. Begun in 1983 by The Westchester Children’s Association, the Convention draws hundreds of teens from high schools and community-based organizations around the county to participate in a variety of peer-led workshops focused on giving high school students the tools they need to become successful community activists and problem solvers.

Location
White Plains Family Center
One Summit Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Contact
Alma Reyes Evans, Program Coordinator
914- 872-5224
aevans@fsw.org

 

 

 

 

 Partial Funding Provided by:       

Con Edison                                                                                                      Westchester County Youth Bureau