My Florida Youth Commission ventures! #MyFYC
The Florida Youth Commission (FYC) is a group comprised of high school students from all over Florida, from Pensacola to Key West. We strive to “produce a cohesive and unified platform for the students of Florida to voice their concerns and provide feedback and suggestions to the leadership of Florida.” Essentially, we are the liaisons between Florida’s youth and the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. FYC’s purpose is to make sure our voices, as students, are heard by the “higher ups.” With this partnership we are able to suggest legislation and projects that benefit youth all across Florida. This year we covered education and testing. Other topics that were on the table were bullying and drug use by minors. *The Florida Youth Commission is managed by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.*
I have been part of the FYC for almost a year now and have loved every second of this amazing experience! The FYC has a job for everyone and uses your strength to enact change in your community. My job was Chief of Design and member of the Communications committee. I helped the FYC design images for our monthly social media campaigns on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Through the FYC I have been able to strengthen my communication and leadership skills.
During the summer the FYC hosted a retreat in Tallahassee at the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy. This was the first step to being inducted as a Commissioner of the state. The students and I spent the weekend getting to know each other through fun icebreakers and games. FYC partners also came in to speak to us about the value of leadership and community volunteerism and how we could better our community through our hard work and diligence. They really prepared us for the year to come. This retreat was definitely one of my favorite senior year experiences!
This past week, I traveled to Tallahassee where I attended the PeaceJam at Florida State University (FSU), we toured the old and new Capitol, participated in the 2015 “Teens Only” Town Hall Meeting and Florida Youth SHINE workshop. PeaceJam is a program dedicated to teaching kids peaceful acts through events and guest speakers. From morning dance sessions to paint with Nobel laureate Adolfo Perez, Peacejam was non stop!
If you are interested in joining the Florida Youth Commission you must:
- Be a Florida resident.
- Be a rising Sophomore or Junior at a high school.
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Have access to the internet.
By being part of the Florida Youth Commission you will be able to make friends with some of Florida’s most passionate students and experience direct hands on learning in Government.
The FYC is looking for new members to take over for the next school year. If you are ready to embark on this journey please contact the FYC at FloridaYouthCommission [at] djj.state.fl.us or call 850-717-2700.
Check out our FYC 2014-2015 Video here:
Have your voice heard. Join the Florida Youth Commission. For more info visit the Florida Youth Commission website here.