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Applications for YLC 2019-2020 are currently closed. Check back in summer 2020 to apply for the 2020–2021 cohort!

Y-WE Youth Leadership Council

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is designed for participants who have completed at least one previous Y-WE program and would like to deepen their leadership in the Y-WE community. YLC participants become stewards of Y-WE culture. By contributing ideas for the direction of the organization, building their skills as facilitators, and engaging as leaders with the wider community, YLC members contribute powerfully to culture change and shifting narratives. 

I want to continue being a part of the social justice work and to remember that I am enough. 

—Y-WE Youth Leadership Council Participant

In 2018–19, supported by adult allies, YLC youth led workshops, made podcasts, and attended community events as Y-WE ambassadors. They also created their own leadership projects which included leading a “Body Positivity” workshop at Y-WE’s Health Day and a “For the People” Thanksgiving healing event. The YLC’s activities culminated in hosting and coordinating Y-WE’s first annual Youth Leadership Summit, which was attended by over 100 people. This multi-program community event showcased the knowledge, skills and creativity that Y-WE youth have cultivated in the past year.

The Youth Leadership Council will run from Sept 28, 2019–June 6, 2020. Meetings will take place Wednesdays from 4:30–6:30pm at the Y-WE Office.

Questions? Interested in getting involved for the 2020-2021 year?

Please contact our Program Director,

I am more confident with my voice, and I can speak up for myself better.

—Y-WE Youth Leadership Council Participant

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