The June meeting will take place June 28-29, 2013 in Burlington, CO.
State senate districts with COYAC seats open for the 2013-2014 school year are:
At-large positions are available, so we do encourage applicants from all across the state to apply.
To find your state senate district, follow the link here.
The Colorado Youth Advisory Council (COYAC) was created in 2008 as part of the Youth Advisory Act in House Bill 08-1157 (HB 1157) in order to facilitate the expression of the voice of Colorado’s youth to the state’s elected leaders. The mission of COYAC is to:
...examine, evaluate, and discuss the issues, interests, and needs affecting Colorado youth . . . and to formally advise and make recommendations to elected officials regarding those issues.
The types of issues upon which the General Assembly envisioned COYAC providing input include education, employment and economic opportunity, access to state and local government services, the environment, behavioral and physical health, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, driver’s license requirements, poverty and increased youth participation in state and local government.
COYAC comprises 44 members, four of whom are also members of the Colorado General Assembly. The Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives, each appoint one member to COYAC, and the President and minority leader of the Senate each appoint one member to COYAC. These four legislators are nonvoting members of COYAC and serve two-year terms.
The remaining 40 members of COYAC must be between 14 and 19 years old and be enrolled in and attending a Colorado junior high, middle or high school, including an on- line school; participating in a nonpublic, home-based educational program; participating in a general equivalency degree program; or have obtained a high school or general equivalency diploma.
These 40 youth members are broken into two groups. The first 35-member group represents each of Colorado’s state senatorial districts. The second, five-member group is an at-large group which is to help ensure diversity on COYAC with an express concern for adequate rural representation.
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