The Governor’s Office for Children announced that applications are now being accepted for the Maryland Youth Advisory Council for 2018-2019. This program was established through the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback regarding public policies affecting their future and take a leadership role in creating meaningful change for our state.

As a coalition of diverse young advocates and leaders from across the state, the Council strives to serve as an effective voice that addresses relevant issues by influencing legislation, spreading public awareness, and serving as a liaison between youth and policymakers.

“I decided to join the council to serve as a microphone for the Maryland youth who are impacted by statewide legislation, local policy, and school board decisions,” said Darius Craig of Baltimore City, who serves as Chair of the Council and attends the University of Maryland College Park. “It’s vital that the youth voice is properly taken into account when policy is debated.”

Council members must be 14 to 22 years of age on Sept.1, 2018, serve a two-year term (September 1, 2018 — August 31, 2020), and meet monthly from September through May with additional opportunities for events, meetings, and legislative testimony throughout the year.

Applications for 2018-2019 are available from March 1 to July 1, 2018 and are available online at http://goc.maryland.gov/myacapp/.

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