What is the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council?
Established in 2005 as the brainchild of then 12 year old Alex Jonlin, a semi-finalist for the Harvard Kennedy School's Innovations in Government award, the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is enduring proof of teenagers' ability to make change in their communities. Each year, twenty-two 14-18 year old students from a diverse range of political, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are selected to make meaningful policy recommendations to Washington's state legislature.
From lobbying legislators, to hosting events with hundreds of young people from across the state, to traveling across the Cascades to teach civic engagement workshops, LYAC aims to leave an enduring legacy on the lives of youth across the state with its work.
How can I get involved?
The Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council is inviting youth from across the state of Washington to become a youth ambassador or to register their youth group to become an ambassador group. LYAC’s ambassadors and ambassador groups collaborate with LYAC on a variety of initiatives, including providing insight on policy concerning youth, planning and attending youth-centric events across the state, and becoming involved with LYAC’s annual Action Day event.