Youth Councils

Westchester County Youth Councils: Junior and Senior

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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
Lanza Family Center for All Ages
106 North Broadway
White Plains, NY  10603

img_7621Westchester County Senior Youth Council

The Westchester County Youth Council (WCYC) is a teen-directed, adult-supported multi-issue youth advocacy program. The mission of the WCYC is to empower teens to become critical thinkers, engaged citizens and an active “voice” and sounding board for important issues throughout Westchester County. Inclusive in this is an examination of issues in and around their communities including health, social justice and the social services planning process. WCYC participants develop and promote a countywide youth agenda, serving on committees and undertaking projects to identify and remedy a diversity of social problems, often focusing on substance abuse, teen sexuality, environmental justice, racism, quality-of-life issues and youth violence. In 2014 the Westchester County Youth Council was honored by the Westchester Martin Luther King Junior Institute with a Champions in Building Youth Activism award. WCYC was also the 2008 recipient of the New York Life Youth in Action Award by The Volunteer Center of United Way and has been recognized for its contributions to the well-being of young people by State Senator Andre Stewart-Cousins.

The WCYC consists of teen representatives from demographically diverse areas who meet weekly and interact with local governments, commissions, task forces and youth agencies. In addition to weekly meetings, members are also required to attend committee meetings, to lead a community project during their final years with us, and attend and organize special events including recreational, cultural, and arts-based events. The WCYC is open to young people ages 14 to 18 years who have a desire to make a positive impact on their community and a willingness to do so.

The WCYC sponsors an annual Youth Action Training, a unique weekend-long educational conference where teens can deepen knowledge about important issues, build leadership skills, and connect with other young change-makers!  Our next training will be held at our headquarters at the Lanza Center for All Ages in White Plains in the spring of 2017.  This training is free and meals will be provided. Traditionally, we engage in team-building activities, games and interactive youth-led workshops.  Some of the issues we explore include advocacy skills, diversity and “intersectionality”, the –isms, LGBTQ issues, food justice, media literacy and bullying.  If you or someone you know would like to participate, please stay tuned for an application which will be posted by the end of the winter, or give us a call at (914) 358-5566.

WCYC Information and Application

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The Parental Consent Form, Transportation Permission Form and Photo & Video Release Form (downloadable below) are required for either online OR paper registration! Sending ahead via e-mail will speed up registration, but it’s okay to bring consent forms the day of.

Location
Lanza Family Center for All Ages
106 North Broadway
White Plains, NY  10603

Contact
Marisa Ragonese, Program Director
914-358-5566
mragonese@fsw.org

 

 Partial Funding Provided by:       

Con Edison                                                                                                      Westchester County Youth Bureau