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Maryland Youth Advisory Council

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, 2015 for those applying for the 2015-2016 cycle).  Members must serve a one year term (September 1 until August 30) and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.


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.


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.


Chair: Darius Craig, Baltimore City
Vice-chair: Zachary Caplan, Baltimore County
Secretary: Ashley Russell, Montgomery County
Legislative Committee Chair: Antonio Morrell, Prince George’s County
Public Awareness Committee Chair: Kirsten Wach, Howard County


2016-2017 Meeting Schedule:

September 17, 2016
October 15, 2016
November 5, 2016
December 17, 2016
January 21, 2017
February 11, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 22, 2017
May 20, 2017
11:00 am – 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
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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.


Christina Drushel Williams, Policy Analyst, at or 410.697.9242.

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