Cambridge Youth Council

Group picture of YIS youth members

The Cambridge Youth Council is the youth civic engagement component of the Cambridge Family Policy Council. The Youth Council is comprised of a diverse group of young people ages 14 to 18 and is youth led and adult supported. They receive a stipend and/or credit towards community service graduation requirements.

Aligned with the Family Policy Council's vision of Family Engagement, the Youth Council members split up into two groups in order to address the Opportunity to Learn Gap in both the middle schools and high school. Elements of the project included distributing information essential to academic achievement through social media, videos, posters, and workshops. The content highlights the importance of taking advantage of the resources and services Cambridge has to offer, as well as emphasizing the value of self-advocacy. Their goal is to provide other young people with the tools needed to succeed in middle school, high school and beyond.

Over the course of this year, the Youth Council has also made meaningful partnerships with MSN (Middle School Network), Youth Action Corps (of Transition House), Cambridge Health Alliance, Work Force, RAY (Raising All Youth), CRLS (through their partnership with Greta Hardina, Family Liaison). These collaborations have helped to grow the Youth Council’s presence and made their work this year richer and more far reaching.

In addition, the Youth Council annually sends a Youth Delegation to the National League of Cities Conference to represent our city and to support youth participation and networking on a national level. The Youth Council was also able to secure a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Women’s Conference and make connections with other youth groups across the state of Massachusetts.