Youth Cabinet

Program Overview

Our Youth Cabinet program is available in those states and territories around the country that don’t yet have formal a statewide Youth and Government program:

Alaska Puerto Rico
Arkansas Rhode Island
Georgia South Dakota
Iowa Utah
Mississippi Vermont
Nebraska West Virginia
North Dakota Wyoming

If you are a high school student (grades 9-12) in one of these states or territories, you can apply to serve as a member of the Youth Cabinet for your state.

During your yearlong term as a member of your state’s Youth Cabinet, you’ll work with youth leaders from across your state to develop a youth policy agenda, advocate for legislation that advances your priorities, and host a statewide experience during your final months in office:

  • Participate in 3 virtual Youth Cabinet Meetings throughout the year (1 meeting each in the fall, winter, and spring)
  • Collaborate with cabinet members to develop a Youth Policy Agenda for your state
  • Develop and implement an advocacy strategy to support legislation that advances your policy priorities
  • Design a civic health project and apply for funding from our Civic Health Fund to implement in your community
  • Host a statewide experience (virtual or in-person) that highlights advocacy efforts for your youth policy agenda and showcases the impact and outcomes of your civic health project.


Applying for Youth Cabinet

Youth Cabinet applications open each spring, with the full cabinets for each state announced during the fall semester of the school year. Applications for 2021-2022 will open soon:

2021-2022 Youth Cabinet Application 
Application Opens: Fall 2021

Each Youth Cabinet is led by an appointed Youth Governor, who leads the program throughout the year and presides over all cabinet meetings. You must be a rising junior or senior to apply to serve as Youth Governor of your state. Each Governor also represents their state as a member of the Youth Governors Association (YGA), which meets throughout the year to facilitate national collaborations and opportunities.

In addition to applying to serve as the Youth Governor of your state, you can also apply or indicate your preference to serve in one of up to 10 Youth Cabinet positions (note: some states do not have all 10 positions). These positions are available to all high school students in grades 9-12:

  • Lt. Governor (Except WY)
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State (Except UT & AK)
  • Treasurer
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Agriculture Commissioner
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Labor Commissioner
  • Natural Resources Commissioner (Except WY)
  • Public Service Commissioner


Attending National Programs

In addition to serving on your state’s Youth Cabinet, all of our national programs are also available to students in states without formal Youth and Government programs. Learn more about you can represent your state on the national stage:

Attend a National Program

Students do not have to be a member of their state’s Youth Cabinet to take part in our national programs, but we highly encourage those interested in representing their states nationally to apply for a cabinet position as a first step.


Starting State Programs

If you’re interested in helping build a formal Youth and Government program in your state, learn more about what the process entails and how you can get started:

Start a State Program

Just as state governments reflect the communities they serve, so do our Youth and Government programs. No state program is identical to another, and that means starting a formal program in your state can be a collaborative and flexible process that creates the best possible experience.