Young people are impacted by city issues, yet often have the least amount of input in solving our City’s problems. NYC Service developed NYC Youth Leadership Councils to address this disconnect. Like you, we envision a city where youth and adults come together to imagine, engage, and act toward the betterment of our neighborhoods and communities.  

With your support, NYC Youth Leadership Councils can effectively create a bolder, more equitable city with other councils throughout the five boroughs. Each YLC works to engage youth in leadership and college/career development, and align with the YLC network for improved relationships, services, and opportunities for New York City residents.  

NYC Youth Leadership Councils seek organizations to host YLCs and support the development of young leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

No prior youth development experience is needed. 

NYC Service provides training and resources to launch and sustain your YLC.

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Each YLC focuses on policy, practice, or advocacy service to influence change:

  • Policy: The Osborne Association YLC focused the passage of the Proximity Pilot Bill and for children to be able to communicate via email to their parents in state prisons.
  • Practice: The Schools Unit at the Bureau of Recycling & Sustainability at the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) hosted a YLC and youth developed a new social media platform for NYC Public Schools focusing on sustainability and recycling.
  • Advocacy Service:  The NYC Football Club YLC focused on promoting healthy habits and exercise through coaching soccer to other youth in their community. The YLC also assisted NYCFC in launching mini soccer pitches across the city.

Hear directly from young leaders and NYPD officers on the impact of Youth Leadership Councils:


  • Including youth voice and action in your mission
  • Authentic relationships between youth and community members
  • Free ongoing professional development workshops to help start and grow your YLC
  • Council operational support, including a framework to follow, activity ideas, and ongoing support
  • Networking opportunities with nonprofits, city agencies, and schools across all five boroughs
  • Access to events with city leaders and platforms
  • Community advocacy
  • Increased organization exposure
  • And so much more…

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