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YMCA Youth Cabinet Program

This spring, the YMCA is excited to launch our YMCA Youth Cabinet program, offering high school students (grades 9-12) a platform to lead and advocate on the policies and issues important to the youth of Arkansas.

During their year-long term as a member of the Arkansas YMCA Youth Cabinet, student members work with youth leaders from across the state to develop a youth policy agenda and advocate for legislation that advances their agenda:

Participate in 3 virtual cabinet meetings throughout the year (fall, winter, and spring).
Collaborate with cabinet members to develop a youth policy agenda for your state.
Develop and implement an advocacy strategy that advances your policy agenda.
Present your policy agenda to state officials and legislators.

Applications are now open for students interested in joining the Arkansas Youth Cabinet for the 2022-23 school year, with selected members announced in late April:

Apply Now:    www.ymcayag.org/youth-cabinet
Deadline: April 15, 2022

The Arkansas Youth Cabinet is led by our Youth Governor, who leads the program throughout the year and presides over meetings. Students must be a rising senior to apply for the position of Governor (to serve during their senior year), and commit to attending our YMCA Youth Governors Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 12-17, 2022. In addition to Youth Governor, there are up to 10 additional Youth Cabinet positions available to interested applicants:

Lt. Governor
Attorney General
Secretary of State
Treasurer
Superintendent of Schools
Agriculture Commissioner
Insurance Commissioner
Labor Commissioner
Natural Resources Commissioner
Public Service Commissioner

If you or your students have any questions about the YMCA Youth Cabinet program or the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to derek.summerville@ymca.net.

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