NYC Youth Leadership Councils:


Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) was 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 advocacy service to impact individuals and communities with a focus on youth. After all, who can be better at creating effective policies for youth than young people themselves?

Are you a high school student who wants to make your voice count?  Fill out an application here.

Youth Council Member Benefits:

  • Make changes in Policy

  • Create a Culture of Youth Voice

  • Personal and Professional Skill Development

  • College and Career Readiness

  • Network with City leaders

  • Resume Builder

  • Develop References

  • Advocate for Your Community

  • Make New Friends

  • Earn Community Service Hours

  • Pursue Your Passion

  • Gain Leadership Experience 

  • Join a Community of Citywide Youth Leaders

  • Receive a Certificate of Achievement Signed by the Mayor

How To Apply:

The application is currently open; please submit an application here.

Want to prepare your answers before you start the application? Click here

Please refer here for host site descriptions.   


City Agencies and Community Based organizations host YLCs across the 5 boroughs, focusing on communities ranging from a specific neighborhood to the whole city. 

Are you a CBO, City Agency or School interested in hosting a YLC? Apply here to host a YLC this year. YLC sites receive a variety of supports through NYC Service, including training and resources. 


If you have any questions, you may contact:

Roselande Louis, Youth Leadership Council Coordinator-Community Based Organization Liaison (e) or Kayla Vialva, Youth Leadership Council Coordinator-School and City Agency Liaison (e) KVialva