Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice for Chil­dren ac­cept­ing youth coun­cil ap­pli­ca­tions

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The Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice for Chil­dren an­nounced that ap­pli­ca­tions are now be­ing ac­cepted for the Mary­land Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for 2018-2019. This pro­gram was es­tab­lished through the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly to en­sure that Mary­land youth are given the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back re­gard­ing pub­lic poli­cies af­fect­ing their future and take a lead­er­ship role in cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful change for our state.

“I be­lieve the voice of our youth is an im­por­tant com­po­nent in the leg­isla­tive process,” said Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice for Chil­dren, Ja­clin Warner Wig­gins. “En­gag­ing our cit­i­zens at an early age em­pow­ers them to help shape their future and build a legacy of so­cial and po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment for future gen­er­a­tions.

As a coali­tion of di­verse young ad­vo­cates and lead­ers from across the state, the Coun­cil strives to serve as an ef­fec­tive voice that ad­dresses rel­e­vant is­sues by in­flu­enc­ing leg­is­la­tion, spread­ing pub­lic aware­ness, and serv­ing as a li­ai­son be­tween youth and pol­i­cy­mak­ers.

“I de­cided to join the coun­cil to serve as a mi­cro­phone for the Mary­land youth who are im­pacted by statewide leg­is­la­tion, lo­cal pol­icy, and school board de­ci­sions,” said Dar­ius Craig of Bal­ti­more City, who serves as Chair of the Coun­cil and at­tends the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Col­lege Park. “It’s vi­tal that the youth voice is prop­erly taken into ac­count when pol­icy is de­bated.”

Cur­rently, the Coun­cil is com­posed of 24 mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing Anne Arun­del, Bal­ti­more, Calvert, Fred­er­ick, Gar­rett, Har­ford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince Ge­orge’s, Tal­bot, and Wash­ing­ton coun­ties, and Bal­ti­more City.

Coun­cil mem­bers must be 14 to 22 years of age on Sept.1, 2018, serve a two-year term (Septem­ber 1, 2018 — Au­gust 31, 2020), and meet monthly from Septem­ber through May with ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for events, meet­ings, and leg­isla­tive tes­ti­mony through­out the year.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for 2018-2019 are avail­able from March 1 to July 1, 2018 and are avail­able on­line at http://goc.mary­land.gov/my­a­capp/.

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