Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) | NYC Service

Enrichment Teen Young Adult

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

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


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

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


Apply online on Generation NYC.


Other Enrichment Programs

Afterschool programs for students

Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

COMPASS NYC has hundreds of programs for young people in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Learning and support programs for kids & adults

Cornerstone Programs

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Year-round programs for youth and adults hosted at public housing community centers.

After school for middle schoolers

School's Out NYC (SONYC)

NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

SONYC offers a mix of activities, including leadership, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), literacy, academic help, sports, arts, and more.

Updated March 31, 2020