YP! Network Leadership Council

Become a YP! Council Member

YOUTH POWER! is in need of some more powerful young people who are willing to put in the time to lead our network. Will you step up and challenge yourself to be a statewide leader?

Why would you want to join the YP! Network Leadership Council?

When you put in the time, you feel the sense of being a part of something big. The network gives young people voice and opportunities to speak to youth, legislators, commissioners and “people in charge.” As a member of the YP! Council, you will help to take youth voice to the high levels of government. You can create systems change and improve things for the next generation.

When you get out there and hear from others, the network challenges you to look outside your own world and gives you a broader view of our communities, our state and our country.

There are many personal benefits to committing yourself to lead our movement. First, it is a good resume builder. The experience you gain helps you build skills and references for employment, college, scholarships, and even awards. You will build public speaking, leadership, advocacy, event planning, people and people skills. All of the things you will learn through experience will help you in your personal and professional life.

We are looking for young people ages 14-28 who are:

  • Motivated
  • Creative
  • Reliable
  • Respectful
  • Team players
  • Hard workers
  • Have the ability to use a phone for 1 ½ hours every month
  • Email access
  • Strong voice or writing skills
  • Good networking skills
  • Experience with a disability or child-serving system (like mental health, juvenile justice, foster care, etc.)

How do you apply to join the YP! Council?

To join the council you must send us a letter of interest. Once we review your letter, we will contact you and set up a phone interview.

Your letter must be sent to:

Families Together in NYS, ATTN: YP! Council, 737 Madison Ave. Albany, NY 12208

info@youthpowerny.org  Fax: 518-434-6478

Your letter should include your name, address, phone number & email. It should also address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be on the council?
  • What are some skills, talents and hobbies you can bring to the team?
  • What are some activities you are involved in that relate to YP!?
  • How much time can you spend on YP! meetings and tasks?

Don’t let fear and self-doubt hold you back. You can be a valuable member of our team.

“Troubled, disabled, at-risk, activists, advocates, leaders… we are YOUTH POWER!! Grow and push the youth movement to change the world.”

Aaron Baier, Former YP! President and Council Mentor.

YOUTH POWER! has enabled me to reach out to youth across the state that are in need of someone to relate to. Through meeting members, it gives you a broader perspective. The network has changed the way I view the world around me. It’s taught me a lot about myself and my skills.”

Kieran McGovern, Former YP! Treasurer and Outreach Working Group Leader

“Within the last three and a half years YP! has helped me grow as a person and has given me character to succeed in life.”

Christina Felix, YP! founding member and former Council Mentor.

YOUTH POWER! truly helped me believe in myself. I used to be a depressed, punk wise-as* kid. Now I’m not depressed anymore.”

John Donnelly, YP! founding member

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