Do you know a teen who has a passion for preparedness? Starting in January, FEMA will accept applications for its 2020 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) from youth in grades 8-11. Since 2012, FEMA has brought youth from across the Nation together who have a mindset for preparedness and community service. Each year, teens apply to the YPC for an opportunity to join FEMA in moving people to action. As part of the YPC, members can build leadership skills, represent their schools and communities, and share their perspectives, feedback, and opinions with FEMA. The YPC gives youth the chance to meet peers from across the county to work together on exciting projects! Members will also travel to Washington, DC, for the annual YPC Summit.
The application period begins on January 27, 2020 and ends on March 1, 2020. The application will be available on the YPC Application Page. Those who apply should express what preparedness means to them and how their skills and background could help strengthen FEMA’s work. Responses should provide a well-rounded view of those who apply from their schoolwork, community service, and leadership. Applicants can choose to apply through either a written or video response.
“We’ve found the most successful Council members bring a broad range of experience, but what they all have in common is a desire to serve and a passion for their communities,” says Youth Preparedness Program Manager and Emergency Management Specialist Tyler Krska.
If you know a teen who is interested in preparedness and community service, please encourage them to apply!
Help us spread the word about this year’s YPC by using #YPC2020 on social media when sharing this news. You can also check out our promo kit, where you’ll find social media messaging and graphics. Bookmark this link for when the application goes live on January 27.
To learn more about YPC and its current members, visit https://www.ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council.
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