NYS OCFS Announces Application for NYS Youth Council

The New York State Office of Children and Families (OCFS) announced (click here for press release) that the state is accepting applications from youth who want to serve on the New York State Youth Council. First announced in the Governor’s State of the State address, the Youth Council will increase participatory democracy by involving 62 young people – one youth from each county – to advise Governor Cuomo and state and local policy makers on key issues facing young people and on outreach and communication strategies.

The Youth Council will provide policy recommendations on education, youth violence, the opioid crisis, juvenile justice, environmental justice, cyberbullying and civic engagement. It will address issues that are of relevance to young women and girls, including sexual assault and harassment, female empowerment, economic opportunity and wage parity.

The Youth Council will be run by youth, ages 13 to 21, who will develop its organizational structure and prioritize key issues and its members will gain hands-on experience in the democratic process. The members will serve two-year terms. Once selected, the Youth Council will convene in Albany for orientation and training and will then be divided into regional teams to focus on specific policy issues.

Interested youth must submit an application through an online portal, which includes an essay and a video demonstrating their interest in one of the council’s focus areas. Candidates will be selected based on their character, leadership skills, academic achievement, civic engagement and community services.

The NYS Youth Council online application is at https://nysylc.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/1; the deadline for submission is December 9th.

Click here for NYS Youth Council Guidance Document for the 2019-2020 Application which outlines details regarding the 2019-2020 Application; the online application link is also embedded in this document.


ANYSYB and county youth bureau directors will be assisting to coordinate this initiative. If you have any questions please contact your local county youth bureau (click here for contact information) or email The Association of NYS Youth Bureaus at nysyouthbureaus@gmail.com All questions must be emailed. Thank you!