Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) | NYC Service

Enrichment Teen Young Adult

Through policy, practice, an advocacy, Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) allow young people to address and impact the lives of New Yorkers. YLCs are hosted by City agencies, schools, and community organizations. Youth will gain community service hours, an understanding of how the City works, and personal and professional skills.

  • Available in every NYC borough for 14- 21-year-olds
  • Offers a chance for youth to work in partnership with adults
  • No prior leadership experience needed
  • YLC members create solutions to issues that are important to them, like:
    • Advocating for mental health support and resources
    • Preventing gun violence in communities
    • Influencing citywide environmental sustainability
    • Encouraging nutritious diets and healthy lifestyles
    • Using art as a tool for social action
    • And more!
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Who is eligible

Youth are eligible to apply for YLCs if they are:

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

How to apply

Apply online on Generation NYC.

How to get help

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Updated April 12, 2022