Maryland Youth Advisory Council

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council is accepting applications via the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. Established to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback regarding public policies affecting their future, the council also affords students the chance to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change for our state. This is an opportunity for Maryland’s youth to take part in the public policy process.

“We are excited to hear from young Marylanders eager to take up the mantle of leadership among their peers and serve on the Youth Advisory Council,” said Yesim Karaman, chief of staff of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “When our youth have a seat at the public policy table, an important voice is brought into the discussion and we get another step closer to solving important issues in our state.”

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council is a coalition of diverse young advocates and leaders representing jurisdictions from across the State of Maryland and addresses relevant issues by influencing legislation, spreading public awareness, and serving as a liaison between youth and policymakers.

“Youth advocacy can be powerful when directed towards issues that affect society’s present and future,” said James Mu, chair of the Maryland Youth Advisory Council and a second-year member from Montgomery County. “I would love to extend the invitation for youth around the state to apply to serve on the council and become a part of this dynamic and rewarding experience!”

Currently, the Council is composed of 24 members representing Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Wicomico counties.

Maryland Youth Advisory Council Requirements

Council members must be 14-22 years of age on September 1, 2022, serve a two-year term, and meet monthly from September through May, with additional opportunities for events, meetings, and legislative testimony throughout the year.

Members are selected to ensure a diverse representation of Maryland’s youth statewide, and are appointed by the:

  • The Governor
  • President of the Maryland Senate
  • Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention Youth and Victim Services appoints council members nominated by the:
    • Maryland Association of Student Councils,
    • University System of Maryland Student Council,
    • Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council, and
    • Association of Local Management Boards.

The application for 2022-2023 is available through June 30, 2022 online at

The council will host a virtual question and answer session for applicants to learn more about the council and the application process. Look for more information about this event and registration online here:

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