The Westchester County Youth Bureau is seeking young people ages 13 to 21 to represent Westchester County on the New York State Governor’s Youth Council. Governor Kathy Hochul has announced applications are open for this Youth Council which will be comprised of one representative from each county in the state – totaling 62 members.
Interested youth should submit an application by April 4, 2022 through the online portal available at https://nysylc.secure-platform.com/a. Candidates will be selected on their character, leadership skills, academic achievement, civic engagement, and service to their community.
Members of the NYS Governor’s Youth Council will meet virtually and will provide recommendations to the Governor and other policymakers on many different issues, including:
- Mental Health Challenges on Youth Substance Use and Prevention
- Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Gender-based Violence Prevention & Response
- Creating Positive Interactions between Youth & Law Enforcement
- Youth Programming in a Virtual World
- Youth Voice & Engagement: Creating Opportunities Addressing Identity and Community Needs
County Executive George Latimer said: “Westchester County is home to young people who are extremely diligent and passionate about societal issues and have already begun to make changes at the local level. To have the opportunity to participate on a statewide task force and focus on specific policy issues will be a worthwhile experience that will benefit us all.”
Westchester County Youth Bureau Director Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden said: “This is a unique opportunity for Westchester’s critical thinkers and youth leaders to lend their passion and talent on social issues that have already been demonstrated locally to a regional and statewide platform.”
About Westchester County
Westchester County, located in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, covers 500 square miles and has a population of just over one million. Originally home to Native Americans, who were members of the Lenape tribe, it is today a rich mix of many cultures and landscapes. The County is a blend of bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque towns as well as open spaces and a network of beautiful parks. Westchester is made up of 6 cities, 19 towns and 20 villages. Westchester County is known for top-notch public schools, and a high quality of life. The County is also an intellectual capital, boasting a highly educated workforce, competitive colleges and universities, Fortune 500 companies, world changing non-profits, and cutting-edge research centers. Westchester is led by County Executive George Latimer, who took office in January 2018 as the ninth County Executive. Using inclusion and openness as a foreground, Latimer is fighting to make Westchester a destination for all people to live, work and enjoy. Learn more about Westchester County by visiting www.westchestergov.com