The Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is the formal voice for Washington youth in the State Legislature. The 22-member council of 14-18 year old students from across the state of Washington is given the opportunity to:Get involved with Washington state government
Learn and experience the legislative process
Voice opinions regarding issues of importance to youth
Become more politically aware
Become engaged in the civic process
And make a difference!
We are students from all corners of the state, from all walks of life, each with very different viewpoints on the most pressing issues facing the next generation of Americans. We discuss issues that Washington youth care about, and make recommendations to the legislature based on working and listening to young people in our communities.
We meet up to six times per year in locations around Washington, and every year we hold a Youth Action Day in Olympia in to meet with legislators, testify on bills, and give a voice to Washington youth by advocating for youth. As a Council, we discuss issues that affect the youth of our state and make recommendations to the Washington State Legislature. LYAC strives to be a voice for youth, examining subjects of importance to Washington youth, and vocalizing concerns to legislators. We also work to promote youth participation in state and municipal governments and foster long-lasting relationships between state legislators, community organizations, and young people.
Our lawmakers in Olympia agree that the distinct needs of young people in Washington must be a priority. LYAC was created in 2005 to help legislators address these needs through the direct input of Washington’s youth. LYAC works closely with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor thruoghout the year while forming short-term partnerships with third-party organizations such as World Vision and Common Action to put on events and presentations.
I Have a Voice!
We’ve all been there. Here's a guy, the King, who felt ignored, side-lined, and mute. Can you relate? Most of us can. He falls into a pity party. Once again, don't we all when the going gets rough? But notice: when he sees a violation of what he thought to be right, he starts talking. Quick. The King finally comes to the conclusion that "I have a VOICE!" Yes he does. Here's the point: how could the King have enforced what was right, if he did not use his voice?
LYAC works to be the voice for Washington State youth in politics. What is your "guy sitting in a sacred chair"? What gets you going? What makes you speak out? Here is your outlet.
Congressional Hall, Washington D.C., DC, USA