Youth Councils

Westchester County Youth Councils: Junior and Senior

Westchester County Youth Councils

Established in 2003, the mission of the WCYC of Family Services of Westchester is to promote civic engagement among youth in Westchester County These countywide, youth-led and multi-issue advocacy programs are designed to equip teens and pre-teems with the critical thinking and valuable leadership skills necessary to become engaged citizens creating positive change in their communities.  WCYC consists of 2 distinct programs: the Junior Council for 10-14 year olds, and the Senior Council for 15-18 year olds. 

The four major components of the Junior Council program are community service, collaboration with the WCYC, training from Westchester County professionals and mission-related field trips. Our Senior Council program provides trainings on leadership, peer education and advocacy skills and strategies.  Members organize projects and events to address the issues that are important to them, becoming 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. Program participants develop and promote a countywide youth agenda and serve on committees.

The WCYC sponsors an annual Youth Action Training, a unique 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 the Memorial Methodist Church* at 250 Bryant Avenue in White Plains on Saturday July 13th, 2019. This training is free and meals are included, and transportation is available. Traditionally, we engage in team-building activities, games and interactive youth-led workshops.  Some of the issues we will explore include stereotypes. civic engagement for youth, gun violence, race and criminal justice, sexuality and subjugated femininity.  If you or someone you know would like to participate, please register HERE, or give us a call at (914) 358-5566.

*The WCYC has no religious affiliation.

Please note: 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.














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


Marisa Ragonese, Program Director

Chloe Fernandez
Program Coordinator, Junior Youth Council
Family Services of Westchester
Direct Line: 914-358-5571 



Partial Funding Provided By: 



Con Edison                                                                                                      




Westchester County Youth Bureau