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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.

2020-2021 Maryland Youth Advisory Council Application 

If you want to be a change-maker in your community, apply to serve on the Council. Learn more about the application here.


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, 2020 for those applying for the 2020-2021 cycle). Members must serve a two-year term (September 1st – August 31st).


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.

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.


Chair: Noureen Badwi, Baltimore County
Vice-chair: Carmelli Leal, Baltimore County
Secretary: Aidan Douglas, Montgomery County
Legislative Committee Chair: Ian Herd, Charles County
Public Awareness Committee Chair: Crisaly De Los Santos, Baltimore City

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule:

September 12, 2020 1:00 – 4:00 pm
October 10, 2020 1:00 – 4:00 pm
November 21, 2020 1:00 – 1:00 pm
December 12, 2020 1:00 – 4:00 pm
January 16, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm
February 20, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm
March 13, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm
April 10, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm
May 18, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm

For the 2020-2021 year, meetings will be held virtually 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.


Christina Drushel Williams, Senior 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.