The Council will increase participatory democracy by involving 62 young people ages 13 to 21

GENESEO — The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recently announced that the state is accepting applications from youth who want to serve on the New York State Youth Council.


The Council will increase participatory democracy by involving 62 young people ages 13 to 21 – one youth from each New York State county – to advise the Governor and state and local policy makers on key issues facing young people such as education, youth violence, the opioid crisis, juvenile justice, environmental justice, cyberbullying, and civic engagement.


OCFS Commissioner Sheila J. Poole stated in the announcement, “Young New Yorkers have so much to offer and their unique perspective is vital as the state shapes new initiatives and policies impacting youth throughout the state.”


Interested youth from Livingston County must submit an application that includes an essay, a video demonstrating their interest in one of the council’s focus areas, and letters of recommendation. Candidates will be selected based on their character, leadership skills, academic achievement, civic engagement, and community service.


Youth must apply online at https://nysylc.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/1 by Dec. 18. The NYS Youth Council Guidance Document outlines details regarding the 2019-2020 application.


The Livingston County Youth Bureau is the local contact for this OCFS opportunity. Contact the office at 585-243-6909 with any questions.