Youth Voice, Youth
Involvement, Youth Engagement, Youth Organizing and Youth
In State Government
and provincial governments around the world are involving young people in exciting ways.
They are establishing special advisory boards and action committees,
and creating appointed positions for young people to serve in ad hoc
committees and regular legislative programs.
POINT TO PONDER: "We all benefit by having young
people exposed to the 'way things are done' in a democratic society.
Isnít it time for your board to 'tap the power of youth?'" - Hans
RESOURCES: The following are groups of special
groups of youth-only decision-makers, often assigned to add youth
voice to public policy-making.
Missouri Governor's Youth Cabinet
- The Youth Cabinet was
announced by Governor Bob Holden on October 29, 2002. The
Governorís Youth Cabinet is a group of 45 youth, appointed to
the state agencies to increase involvement of young Missourians
in state and local issues. The Youth Cabinet will work with the
Department Directors from the state agencies to open dialogue
between the young people and the decision-makers of the state.
State-by-State Summary of Student Involvement in State-Level Decision-Making
A national scan of state education agencies that include K-12 students.
Progressive Youth Action Council
- The Michigan Youth
Progressive Action Council (MYPAC) was created in 1992 to involve
young people in community service not only as participants but
also as creators and decision makers.
Ohio Youth Action
Council - The Ohio Youth Action
Council (OYAC) is a diverse group of dedicated youth with a strong
focus on youth and advancing youth leadership and service
activities. OYAC members are committed to youth empowerment
through advocacy, promotion, and development of community service,
and to the enhancement of preexisting youth involvement and
achievements in their communities.
Vermont Governor's Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism
Nova Scotia Youth Secretariat Youth Council
- Identifies issues important to young people and strategizes government
responses to those needs.