Youth Councils

Westchester County Youth Councils: Junior and Senior

Read our 2013-2014 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 sponsors the annual Youth Action Training, a three-day youth led educational conference where teens can deepen knowledge about important issues, build leadership skills, and connect with other young change-makers!  The 2014 training will take place at the White Plains Public Library on November 14th from 10:30am-4:30pm, November 15th from 10:30am-3:30pm, and November 16th from 1-4pm. This training is free and meals will be provided for all three days. The training will include team-building activities, games and interactive youth-led workshops.  Some of the issues we will explore in this training include:  Advocacy Skills, Diversity, LGBTQ Issues, Media, Literacy and Bullying.  If you or someone you know would like to participate, click on the application below. Applications are due Friday October 24th. Spots are limited-Apply today!

Youth Action Training Application 2014

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

Contact
Keri Fisher, Program Coordinator
914- 872-5224
kfisher@fsw.org

 

 

 

 

 Partial Funding Provided by:       

Con Edison                                                                                                      Westchester County Youth Bureau