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Apply for the Youth Preparedness Council Starting on January 18

January 2021

Do you know a teen who has a passion for preparedness? FEMA will soon begin accepting applications for its 2021 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) from youth in grades 8-11. Since 2012, FEMA has brought youth from across the Nation together. Each year, teens apply to the YPC for an opportunity to join FEMA in encouraging emergency preparedness. Teens serve on the YPC for two years.

As part of the YPC, members can build leadership skills and represent their schools and communities. They also share their perspectives, feedback, and opinions with FEMA. The YPC gives youth the chance to meet peers from across the country and work on projects, such as preparedness fairs for their communities. A virtual summit in July gives members a chance to meet each other and hear from FEMA experts.

The application period begins on January 18 and ends on March 7, 2021. The application and submission instructions will be available on the YPC website beginning on January 11. Those who apply should express what preparedness means to them and how their skills and background could strengthen FEMA’s work. Responses to application questions should provide a well-rounded overview of those who apply and should be taken from their schoolwork, community service, and leadership experiences. Applicants can choose to apply through either a written or video response.

YPC members come to the council with a range of experiences and reasons for joining. Current YPC member Amanda Hingorani says she decided to apply last year “because this council is a perfect opportunity for me to utilize my passion for my community to collaborate with other youth and make positive changes on a national scale.”

If you know a teen interested in preparedness and community service, please encourage them to apply!

To learn more about the YPC and its current members, visit https://www.ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council. And while you’re on the YPC website, check out the new animation, which gives you a one-minute overview of the council.

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This article first appeared in the monthly Individual and Community Preparedness Newsletter. Subscribe here.