In 2008, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the Maryland General Assembly 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. By providing testimony in Annapolis and policy recommendations, council members have the opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences with the Governor, State legislature, agencies, and other youth.
Council members will be expected to:
• Be active and passionate representatives of Maryland youth. Members must attend at least 50% of regular meetings. Any member who does not attend the required number of meetings may be removed from the Council;
• Identify and discuss issues facing youth in Maryland;
• Work with other council members to create strategies that address these issues;
• Serve as liaisons to other affiliated youth organizations and peers in his/her communities;
• Develop leadership skills;
• Meet other Maryland youth; and
• Have fun!
MASC is able to appoint several students to serve on the Maryland Youth Advisory Councils (MYAC). Rising freshman through seniors are able to apply. Service is for a two-year term, except for any rising senior, who would only serve a one-year term.
Council members are appointed by the Governor of Maryland, the President of the Maryland Senate, and the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. The Governor’s Office for Children appoints council members nominated by the Maryland Association of Student Councils, University System of Maryland Student Council, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council, and the Local Management Boards.
Council members will be selected with consideration towards gender, race, and geographic area to ensure a diverse representation of Maryland’s youth statewide.
Application submissions must include:
1. Completed application;
2. One letter of recommendation; and
The form linked above will guide you through the process of completing the first application component. The letter of recommendation and resume must then be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions, please contact Christina Drushel Williams at email@example.com, 410-697-9242. If your questions are specific to the MASC appointments, please contact Olivia.Keithley@maryland.gov or Karen.Crawford@mdstudentcouncils.org
The deadline for applications is July 1, 2018.
Application link: click here