Friday, March 7, 2014

A Meeting of Teen Minds

The King County Youth Advisory Council (KCYAC) is a youth run council that is designed to inform and advise decisions that are being made about young people. The YAC believes that if decisions are going to be made about young people, young people should have a way to make sure that the decisions being made really do benefit them. Below is an excerpt from the YAC website on how the participants describe themselves.

"We are visionaries and dreamers. We know what we want. We are diverse- all from different races, cultures, styles, backgrounds- and we are going through similar things. We are young, misunderstood, and judged by our appearances. We are resilient, overcoming adversity and want to succeed. We are strong, revolutionary, and we are fighting. We want change and we want to help. We are doing this for others. We want to be heard. We are breaking the cycle."

Each month the YAC focuses on a specific topic to talk about during their council meetings. These meetings are open to all youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and are designed to create an open dialogue of feedback and ideas from youth all around King County.

I recently participated in a meeting where the focus was put on efficient ways to spread the word about programs that could help young adults who have dropped out of high school be reintroduced into a education system that works for them. Splitting up into different groups, we were asked to give our feedback on posters that promoted different programs that offered opportunities to get back into school. Through a discussion of ideas and thoughts, we pointed out some of the great and not-so-great factors to the posters. It was great to see so many people from diverse backgrounds come together to talk about issues that they think can be beneficial for their own generation and share many new and innovative ideas.

You can learn more about the Youth Advisory Council at

If you are interested in checking it out, the next meeting is coming up on Tuesday March 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. It will be at the Downtown Seattle YMCA 909 4th Ave, Rm 120. See you there!

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