A Youth Committee is a team of community leaders that care about young adults. Youth Committees provide an opportunity for the local community to create, through a common vision, a system of activities and services that will enable youth to be successful in education and the workplace, and to become leaders in their community. Youth Committees may provide information and to assist with planning, operational, and other issues relating to the provision of services to youth and make youth policy recommendations to local Workforce Development Boards.
The membership of the Youth Committee must include individuals who represent shall include community-based organizations with a demonstrated record of success in serving eligible youth. Such members may be:
- Service agencies, such as juvenile justice and local law enforcement agencies;
- Local public housing authorities;
- Parents of eligible youth seeking assistance
- Organizations that have experience relating to youth activities;
- Job Corps Centers,
- Agencies serving youth with disabilities,
- Agencies serving youth with cultural barriers or language barriers,
- and so many more options.
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.
The Youth Council identifies both duplication and gaps in the services and activities offered to area youth, works to address the needs of the youth population as a whole, and emphasizes the importance of continuity of service in appropriately meeting the complex needs of youth who are disconnected from education or the workplace.
The Youth Committee can be actively engaged in planning and managing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth funds received in their Local Area, as well as:
- Building community awareness and demonstrating leadership by addressing key development, education and employment issues affecting youth;
- Facilitating the coordination of youth activities in the community;
- Influencing and leveraging other community youth funds and services; and
- Allowing for and encouraging input from youth is a vital component in the development of a system that most directly affects them.