The Youth Council is comprised of individuals from the community who have a special interest or expertise in youth issues and policy. The membership of the Youth Council must include individuals who represent:
- The local Workforce Development Board and who have special interest or expertise in youth policy;
- Service agencies, such as juvenile justice and local law enforcement agencies;
- Local public housing authorities;
- Parents of eligible youth seeking assistance under WIA;
- Organizations that have experience relating to youth activities;
- Job Corps Centers, if a Center is located in the Local Area; and
- Other individuals, including former participants.
While the Act requires certain representation, it also leaves considerable discretion to determine the appropriate additional members needed to create a Youth Council that best represents the community and one that will be successful in accomplishing the goals of the Youth Council. For example, many Youth Councils include young adults as well as representatives from business and education. The input of youth is a vital component in the development of a system that most directly affects them. Ongoing efforts ensure their active participation, as well as that of parents. Many youth have assumed leadership roles in the work of the Youth Council.