With applications now open for the 2019-2021 cycle of the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC), Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) is encouraging students from the 30th Legislative District to apply.

Established in 2005, the council consists of 22 students who serve as the official voice of Washington youth to the Washington State Legislature.

“This is a rare and exciting opportunity to develop a valuable understanding of public policy issues and legislative strategy, and I highly recommend it,” Wilson said. “The councilors get to personally lobby legislators, testify before the Legislature, organize civic engagement events for peers throughout the state, and lots more.”

Each year, 11 new students are selected to serve a two-year term on the council, working with mentors who advise them on how to advocate for meaningful policy changes. The program is fully youth-led, overseen by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Applicants must be 14 to 18 years old and in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade. They must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor or community leader along with a letter of application by June 3. For more information, visit the LYAC Website, email ryan.jackson@ltgov.wa.gov, or call the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at 360-786-7746.