Join a Youth Leadership Council


Young people are very much impacted by City issues, yet have the least amount of input in solving City problems. Are you an NYC high school student looking for an opportunity to participate in your City? 

NYC Service provides youth ages 14-21 who are enrolled in high school or an equivalency program with the opportunity to participate in NYC Youth Leadership Councils.  YLCs are hosted by City agencies, schools, and community-based organizations; members participate in meaningful youth-adult partnerships and get to work with a group of peers who are also committed to addressing issues faced by their communities. You can find a YLC in any borough, and focusing on a range of areas from a specific neighborhood to the whole City! 

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

  • 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 what YLC members think about their experiences:


Youth Leadership Councils are looking for applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences – you need no prior leadership experience to apply

If this opportunity sounds like you, click here to join a YLC!


Youth YLC Member Benefits:

When you join a Youth Leadership Council, you have the chance to:

  • Gain insight into potential college and career opportunities

  • Understand how NYC works and gain real world experience

  • Get community service hours

  • Develop personal and professional skills

  • Learn about events and other opportunities in NYC

  • Meet fellow youth interested in leadership

  • Receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Mayor

How to Apply:

Click here!  It will only take you a few minutes to join the largest youth voice network in NYC.  

How To Host a Youth Leadership Council:

Are you an adult who works at a City agency, nonprofit, school, or other organization? If youth voice counts in your work, click here to learn how to host a Youth Leadership Council.

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