The Philadelphia Youth Commission (PYC) announced today that applications are now open for young people ages 12-24 to join the PYC, which is the official youth branch of City government. Created by referendum and added to the Home Rule Charter in 2009, the Youth Commission is appointed by and advises both the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia on all legislation and policy as it relates to youth. Composed of 21 members, the Commission, in addition to its legislative responsibilities, also works to bridge the gap between adult policymakers and youth by holding public, youth-centered, and youth-led events on the issues affecting Gen-Z residents.
“Joining the Youth Commission has given me the ability to make the city a better place”, said Alfredo Praticò, Chair of the Youth Commission. “With Commission applications now open, all young Philadelphians have the opportunity to effect positive change in their communities.”
“We are so excited to welcome a new class of Commissioners to PYC!”, said Jeanette Bavwidinsi, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement. “Youth Commissioners remind me every day why we do this work. Their energy, tenacity, and compassion are an inspiration to us all. I am honored to be able to work alongside them in service to Philadelphia’s youngest residents.”
Applicants to the Commissions must be Philadelphia residents and between 12 and 24 years old. They should be interested in public service and eager to represent their peers at the highest level of Philadelphia government. Young Philadelphians can apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply as early as you can.
For more information, please contact Jeanette Bavwidinsi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to stay up to date with the Philadelphia Youth Commission by following them on Twitter and Instagram @PHLYouth!