Local counties seek reps to serve on governor’s new youth council

Posted 25 November 2019 at 9:01 pm

Press Release, Genesee-Orleans County Youth Bureau

The Genesee-Orleans and Wyoming County Youth Bureaus have been tasked with helping the Governor’s Office select a young person to represent each county on the newly established Youth Council.

Members of the Youth Council will be offering ideas and solutions to key issues facing young people in New York State to the Governor and other policy makers, including how to have better outreach and communication strategies. This is an incredible opportunity for New York’s youth to represent their county on a statewide level.

The Youth Council will be made up of 62 young people ages 13 – 21, one representing each county and the boroughs of New York City. The Youth Council is youth run and adult supported.

Members will work to identify and prioritize issues that matter to NYS youth. Positive youth development has always been the mantra of local youth bureaus and the Youth Council will assist state and local governments to promote youth throughout all its state initiatives.

The youth bureaus in Genesee-Orleans and Wyoming counties are currently coordinating the county selection process. Applications are available through your local Youth Bureau, on the Orleans County website (click here), Genesee County website (click here),  Wyoming County website (click here)  and the NYS Governor’s Youth Council website (click here).

The selection committee for each county will be evaluating applications based on 3 areas.

• Candidate Essay: Each candidate must write a short essay response (no more than 500 words) supporting three questions. The essay will be judged for content, clarity and overall quality.

• Public speaking: Each candidate will prepare, deliver and submit a video speech (MP4 or URL link). The video should demonstrate the youth’s passion, interest, expertise and/or experience in one or more of the topic areas. Candidates will be judged on speech content and delivery.

• Overall Application Quality: Clarity, passion, completion of each section and quality of supplemental materials. Candidate’s character will be evaluated through demonstrated qualities such as leadership skills, academic achievement, civic engagement, services to the community and work ethic.

It is also important to note that social media pages will be reviewed and part of the criteria to be evaluated.

If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please call your local Youth Bureau for more information. Wyoming County Youth Bureau can be reached at (585) 786-8850 and Genesee- Orleans County Youth Bureau at (585) 344-3960.

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