Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) | NYC Service

Enrichment Teen Young Adult

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Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) allow young people to address policies and practices that shape the lives of New Yorkers. YLCs are hosted by City agencies, schools, and community organizations. Youth gain community service hours, an understanding of how the City works, and personal and professional skills.

  • Available to youth in high school and in high school equivalent (HSE) programs
  • No prior leadership experience needed
  • Offers a chance for youth to work in partnership with adults

Who is eligible

Youth are eligible to apply for YLCs if they’re:

  • 14 – 21 years old
  • Enrolled in in high school or an equivalency program

How to apply

Apply online on Generation NYC.


How to get help

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Updated March 31, 2020