NYC Youth Leadership Councils:


Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) established through an effort by NYC Service to develop future leaders and create a culture of youth voice in our city. YLCs are groups of trained young people between ages 14-21 and in high school, who work with adult leaders on a defined area of policy, practices and/or service to impact individuals and communities with a focus on youth.

Youth who desire to make their voices heard are encouraged to fill out an interest form.

Youth Council Member Benefits:

  • Make changes in Policy

  • Create a Culture of Youth Voice

  • Personal and Professional Skill Development

  • College and Career Readiness

  • Network within the City

  • Resume Builder

  • Develop References

How To Apply:

The application is currently closed,please submit an interest form and you will be contacted when the application is live. 


City Agencies and Community Based organizations host YLCs across the 5 boroughs, focusing on communities ranging from a specific neighborhood to the whole city. Below are the current councils that are accepting applications.

Organizations interested in hosting a youth leadership council can apply here. 


If you have any questions, you may contact:

Chelsey Clevenger, Youth Leadership Council Coordinator


After all, who can be better at creating effective policies for youth than young people themselves?