New York State is looking for young people from each county to advise the Governor and state and local policymakers on key issues facing teens.

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The Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services is taking applications from 13 to 21-year-olds who want to serve on the New York State Governor’s Youth Council.

The program is a unique chance for a young person in Broome County to actually represent the area on a state level and experience the democratic process first-hand.

Youth Council members will go to Albany for orientation and training before forming into regional teams to focus on specific policy issues.

The application includes an essay and video that will be submitted through an online portal.  Applications are due December 9.

The Broome County Youth Bureau selection committee will choose the top three candidates to recommend to the state by December 20th.