Youth for Equity and Solidarity

Youth for Equity and Solidarity (YES) Council

What is the Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council?

The Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council (YES Council) is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ council of young leaders, between the ages of 14 and 21, who are interested in working on human rights issues in New York City. These young leaders advise the Commission on how to expand our engagement with young people and help guide our youth programming and events by providing feedback on workshops and trainings, informing us of issues and incidents related to bias and discrimination, and planning youth-related events.

The purpose of the council is to build long-term engagement with young people interested in and committed to the mission of the Commission, and to empower young people to become actively engaged in fostering environments of inclusion and respect. Commission staff supports youth council members with trainings and other opportunities that helps to build their advocacy and organizing skills using a human rights framework. 

What is expected of YES Council Members?

  • There will be a mandatory orientation for selected council members. 
  • Members participate in bi-monthly meetings for general council matters in addition to 6 times a year to advise CCHR on how to best address human rights issues that young people are facing. 
  • Meetings will be a hybrid model (both in person and virtually). 
  • Members assist in the planning process of our youth symposium. 
  • Members assist in outreach for our days of visibility and days of action in response to bias incidents. 
  • Members explore and share ideas on additional ways for NYC youth to engage with the Commission such as through programming and events. 

Can I apply to join the YES Council?

Applications for the Commission's Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council are now closed.

How long does the program last?

The commitment to participate in the YES Council lasts a full year, starting in early fall 2023. The program begins with a meet-and-greet among the entire council and Commission leaders and includes an opportunity to learn more about the Commission’s work and current priorities.

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