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Legislative Youth Advisory Council Opportunity for Teens


The Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cycle!  The Council consists of 22 students ranging in age from 14 to 18, who serve as the official voice of Washington youth to the State Legislature.


LYAC students develop a deep understanding of public policy issues and legislative strategy by personally lobbying legislators, testifying before the Legislature, organizing civic engagement events for peers throughout the state, and more. The program, codified by the Washington State Legislature in 2005, is fully youth-led with oversight from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib.


Each year, 11 new students are selected for a two-year commitment to serve on the Council. During this time, they dive into the legislative process with mentors who advise them on effectively advocating for meaningful policy changes.


To be eligible for the program, applicants must be 14 to 18 years of age and be in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. Applicants are also required to submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, or community leader. Applications and letters of recommendation are due by June 3, 2019.


For more information about the program, click on this fact sheet and visit the LYAC Website to apply. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Program Manager Ryan Jackson at or call the Lieutenant Governor’s office at (360) 786-7746.

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