Department of Education, Office of Sustainability YLC members lead a workshop at the 2019 NYC Youth Climate Summit they helped organize
Interested in making a difference in your community? NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs), powered by NYC Service, offer a chance to share ideas, create solutions, and put them into action. Team up with teens from your neighborhood or school, meet new people who share your interests, and get support from adults to make your voice heard. Learn how to apply.
Why others have joined YLCs:
To take the lead on making change in their community
To gain professional skills and confidence
To meet other youth and adults who care about the same issues
No matter what you’re passionate about, you can find a YLC hosted by a City agency, school, or community organization that will help you turn your ideas into action. These are a few of the many issues you can work on as a YLC member:
Advocating for mental health support and resources
Preventing gun violence in the community
Influencing environmental sustainability awareness initiatives in NYC
Encouraging nutritious diets and healthy lifestyles
The Brooklyn Public Library YLC plans, puts on, and evaluates the library’s largest teen event of the year: Urban Art Jamm. Join this YLC to learn skills, build your resume, earn volunteer hours and a stipend, and meet great people from across NYC.
YLC members come from different backgrounds and have different reasons for getting involved. But whatever brings them to their YLC, they all have the chance to take the lead on something they care about.
Learn more about YLC members’ stories above and below, then create your own story by joining a YLC!
NYC Youth Leadership Councils are powered by the Volunteer Strategy team at NYC Service. NYC Service is a division of the Mayor’s Office focused on expanding civic engagement through volunteerism and national service. Learn more at nyc.gov/service.
The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) application is open! Learn more on this page, or apply now.