Applications Open for Washington Legislative Youth Advisory Council

The Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is the only nonpartisan youth-led committee empowered by state law to represent the official voice of Washington youth to the Legislature. It is entirely student-led, and co-administered by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Washington State Leadership Board.

Each year, a select group of 14-18 year old students from a diverse range of political, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are appointed to the council by the Lt. Governor’s Office with the help of existing members. On the council, students spend two years learning about and engaging directly with the legislative process by making meaningful policy recommendations to the Legislature. Established in 2005 as the brainchild of then-12 year old Alex Jonlin, a semi-finalist for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Innovations in Government award, LYAC is enduring proof of teenagers’ ability to make change in their communities.

This opportunity is for ALL Washington 8-10th graders who are passionate about advocating for youth in our legislature. No prerequisites are required except a dedication to change.

Applications close May 15. For more information, and to apply: