Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs)


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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
  • And so much more!
  • Ayesha, 15

    Ayesha talks about finding community, joining a Youth Leadership Council, and the importance of mental health support for NYC teens.

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  • What YLCs Are About

    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

    For a full list of active YLCs and the issues they’re working on, visit the YLC Application.

    YLC Spotlight

    Brooklyn Public Library logo

    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.

    Explore all YLCs

    YLC Stories


    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!

  • Ian, 16

    Ian talks about balancing his interests in the arts and advocacy and how he makes the most of all NYC has to offer.

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  • How to Apply

    Applying is easy! You can discover which YLC(s) to join, fill out your application information, and attach additional files using one simple online form. Note:

    • You’re eligible if you’re between ages 14 and 21 and currently enrolled in high school or an equivalency program 
    • Read the description of YLCs by selecting them from the YLC dropdown
    • You can apply for up to three YLCs
    • If you want to save and finish the application later, follow the instructions at the “Save and Resume Later” link at the bottom of the form


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    If you have any questions or need to get in touch, email NYC Service at

    About NYC Service

    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

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