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:
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:
Youth Cabinet applications open each spring, with the full cabinets for each state announced by the start of the upcoming school year. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are currently being accepted!
2021-2022 Youth Cabinet Application
Deadline: August 31, 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:
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:
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.
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:
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.