Westchester County Junior & Senior Youth Councils

The teens of the Westchester County Youth Council pose under an inspiring banner with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.FSW’s Junior and Senior Youth Councils promote civic engagement among the youth of Westchester County.  These countywide, youth-led and multi-issue advocacy programs are designed to equip teens and preteens with the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to become engaged citizens who create positive change in their communities. The Westchester Youth Councils have no religious orientation.

The Junior and Senior Youth Councils are actually two distinct programs: the Junior Council for middle schoolers, ages 10-14, and the Senior Council for high school students, ages 15-18.

About the Junior Youth Council

The Junior Council program for middle schoolers is structured around four components:

    • Community service
    • Collaboration with the WCYC
    • Training from Westchester County professionals
    • Mission-related research, fact-finding and field trips

About the Senior Youth Council

Our Senior Youth Council program provides training on leadership, peer education and advocacy skills.  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 to implement that agenda.

Youth Action Training

FSW’s Westchester County Youth Councils sponsor an annual Youth Action Training, a unique educational conference where teens can deepen their knowledge of important issues, build leadership skills and connect with other young change-makers.

For example, our 2019 training last July engaged in team-building activities, games and interactive youth-planned and led workshops. Some of the issues we explored included 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, watch this page for our Summer 2020 training date or give us a call at (914) 358-5566.

Please note: a Parental Consent Form, Transportation Permission Form and Photo & Video Release Form 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. Download that information below:

Westchester County Youth Council 2020 Information Packet, Application and Permission Forms


Westchester Junior and Senior Youth Council students tour a greenhouse


Contact Information:

Chloe Fernandez, Program Coordinator
(914) 358-5571

Marisa Ragonese, Program Director
(914) 358-5566