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 

  • Personal and Professional Skill Development

  • 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.                                          


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