The Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is back to work for the year! New legislative priorities:
Click this link to apply to the 2016-2017 Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council.
The Washington Legislative Youth Advisory consists of 22 members ages 14 through 18 from all around Washington, each with very different opinions and viewpoints. We discuss issues that Washington youth care about, and make recommendations to the legislature based on working with and listening to young people in our communities.
We are currently accepting applications to be on next year’s council until May 28th, and we want you to apply.
Update on LYAC Supported Legislative Bills
In the 2016 legislative session, LYAC supported two bills. The first bill we supported, HB 1682, a bill based on improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports, housing stability, and identification services, was signed by the Governor on April 1st and will be going into effect on June 1st. The other two bills we supported, HB 2214, a bill geared towards increasing academic rigor and streamlining standardized assessment requirements for high school students, and SB 5526, a bill written to prevent harassment, intimidation, and bullying in public schools, both were not signed in this year’s session.
Washington students have a voice! Take this survey to tell us what matters to you. We'll bring your feedback to the Legislature on Action Day.
Our lawmakers in Olympia agree that the distinct needs of young people in Washington must be a priority. LYAC was created in 2005 to help legislators address these needs through the direct input of Washington’s youth.
We meet up to six times per year in locations around Washington, and every year we hold a Youth Action Day in Olympia in to meet with legislators, testify on bills, and give a voice to Washington youth by advocating for youth.