Citizenship Spotlight: Youth Advisory Council Member Isabel T. '24

Eighth grade student Isabel T. serves on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which was launched in 2018 by Senator Shelley Mayer "to offer young people an outlet for their ideas and policy questions." The council, which includes high school and college-aged students, meets with Senator Mayer in Albany quarterly. Some of the issues the YAC discusses include climate advocacy, gun violence prevention, and criminal justice reform. YAC also hosts meetings with the Senator's staff on the third Saturday of each month at local public libraries.

Commenting on her experience as a Youth Advisory Council member, Isabel said, "I am consistently inspired by the ideas and solutions of both the adults and youth that I've met through the council. This past June, we met with different legislators and state senators and lobbied for different bills including the Public Works Bill. After that, we got to visit the State Senate Chambers and witness first hand how the laws are passed and debated."