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Building Effective Youth Councils: A Practical Guide to Engaging Youth in Policy Making

January 18, 2018

Many mayors, governors and legislatures across the country have created youth councils: formal bodies made up of youth (typically ages 16-18) who advise high-level decision makers and elected officials. Youth Councils provide the opportunity to have direct access to policy makers. Increasingly, youth and adults are looking for strategies to ensure that they take full advantage of this opportunity.

The guide is designed to help states and localities create or strengthen their own youth councils. It is a synthesis of theory and practice that provides a general framework for thinking about youth councils, explaining the principles for youth action and the importance of youth engagement. It also incorporates advice and lessons from people in the field who have started or currently staff youth councils across the country.

To read the full guide, click here.

Note: This guide was first publisehd in 2007. It was reviewed and updated in January 2018.