Leadership opportunities for youth

NYC Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) | NYC Service

Enrichment Teen Young Adult

Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) give young people a chance to address policies and practices that shape the lives of New Yorkers. YLCs are hosted by City agencies, schools, and community organizations. Youth work in partnership with adults and benefit by getting community service hours, understanding how the City works, and developing personal and professional skills.

  • Available to youth in high school and in high school equivalent (HSE) programs
  • For youth ages 14 - 21
  • No prior leadership experience is required

Am I Eligible?

Youth ages 14 – 21 years old are eligible to apply for Youth Leadership Councils.


I'm Ready To Apply

Apply on the YLC website.


How Can I Get Help?

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