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Maryland Youth Advisory Council


“I wanted to join the Maryland Youth Advisory Council because I believe that the voice of youth matters in creating change…the perspective of youth today is uniquely distinct from the voices of our parents and grandparents, and any opportunity to let that voice be heard is an opportunity I am willing to take.”

–Gabrielle Shlikas, senior at Edgewood High School and second-year member of the Council.

If you want to be a change-maker in your community, apply to serve on the Council. The application for 2018-19 is closed.  The application for the next cycle will be available in March 2019.

BACKGROUND

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the State legislature (Chapter 559, Acts of 2008Chapter 69, Acts of 2009, and Chapter 620, Acts of 2016) in order to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change. Council members must be 14-22 years of age (as of September 1, 2018 for those applying for the 2018-2019 cycle).  Members must serve a one year term (September 1 until August 30) and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.

Mission:

As a coalition of diverse young advocates and leaders from across the State, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council addresses relevant issues by influencing legislation, spreading public awareness and serving as a liaison between youth and policymakers.

Vision:

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council strives to be an effective voice that:

  • Incites change for the betterment of Maryland youth,
  • Ensures equal opportunity for all youth regardless of background or circumstance,
  • Initiates political conversations with youth,
  • Educates youth on political issues, and
  • Is respected by legislators and other stakeholders on youth issues.

Council members are appointed by the:

  • Governor of Maryland
  • President of the Maryland Senate, and
  • Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.
  • Governor’s Office for Children appoints council members nominated by the:
    – Maryland Association of Student Councils,
    – University System of Maryland Student Council,
    – Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council, and
    – Association of Local Management Boards.

Officers:

Chair: Caroline Larkin, Baltimore County
Vice-chair: Noureen Badwi, Baltimore County
Secretary: William Shorter, Jr., Anne Arundel County
Legislative Committee Chair: Dillon Prochnicki, Talbot County
Public Awareness Committee Chair: Nabila Prasetiawan, Frederick County

2018-2019 Meeting Schedule:

October 13, 2018
November 10, 2018
December 8, 2018
January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019
April 13, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May 11, 2019 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Council meetings will be held at 100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032 unless otherwise noted. All meetings are open to the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please notify Christina Drushel Williams no later than the Monday prior to the meeting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Christina Drushel Williams, Senior Policy Analyst, at christina.drushel@maryland.gov or 410.697.9242.

For meeting materials and the Council’s annual reports, please visit the Maryland Youth Advisory Council reports’ page.

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