Leading at youth preparedness camps, deploying with CERT for major disasters, and speaking at national conferences—these are just a few examples of what members of FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council have been or will be up to this year. Each year, FEMA selects new students to serve a two-year term on the National Youth Preparedness Council (YPC).
These students have proven themselves to be leaders in their schools and communities, innovators, and champions of disaster preparedness. Throughout their time on the YPC, they also complete emergency preparedness projects and give input to preparedness strategies, initiatives, and projects. This past year, members completed projects about financial preparedness, citizen responder programs, and youth preparedness education.
The application for the 2020-2022 YPC will be available in January. Applicants will be considered for the National YPC as well as for their Regional YPC, if applicable. Students in eighth to eleventh grade who are interested in disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities are encouraged to apply. For profiles of current YPC members, click here.
If you know a strong candidate, please share this information and encourage them to apply. If you are interested in applying, you can start getting your application materials ready now. Once the application opens, you can submit them online. Application requirements include:
- A complete application form, including eight narrative responses
- Two letters of recommendation
- Academic records, including previous and current year transcripts
- A list of extracurricular activities
- Any supplemental materials the applicant wishes to add to showcase their ability
For more YPC resources, including frequently asked questions and a description of responsibilities, click here. Check back at Ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council for the application in mid-January. The application will stay open for several months.
This article first appeared in the monthly Individual and Community Preparedness Newsletter. Subscribe here.