Updated: Jan 17
Last year, Assemblywoman Luz Rivas introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 46 for California to establish the California Youth Empowerment Commission (CYEC), and the bill was signed. This year the California Youth Empowerment Commission received $1.5 million in recurring state funds as part of the Budget Act of 2022.
CYEC provides a unique opportunity for California’s youth to participate in civic engagement. They will meet at least once a month and make recommendations to the Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Governor on specific legislative and fiscal issues.
The commission will compromise of 13 individuals and must meet the following requirements:
Individuals who are applying must be between the ages of 14 – 25
5 commissioners must have experienced a physical disability, youth homelessness, foster care, and juvenile incarceration
*$100 per diem and necessary travel expenses, including traveling experiences for parents and guardians for those accompanying someone under the age of 18, will be provided to those selected.
Applications must be completed by October 21st.
To submit an application, individuals may select the option “Youth Empowerment Commission” at: https://www.gov.ca.gov/application-for-appointment/.