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September 27, 2012

Now Recruiting For The 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council, Apply Today!

We are looking for dynamic, passionate, Sacramento youth who care about sustainability and improving their community to serve on the 2012-2013 Youth Advocate Network Council

What is the Youth Advocate Network For Sustainable Communities?
YANSC is a council of youth ages 13-18 who are committed to the development and creation of safe, economic prosperous, equitable, and environmentally conscious communities.

Businesses, government and other realms are mobilizing to create new policies, technologies and businesses to protect our environment, address global warming, and reform our schools. We need your help to make sure that youth are not left out of these fast-moving decision making processes.  We want you to be prepared and ready to exercise your influence: How can we design communities that are healthy and safe? How can we create efficient and affordable homes, buildings and transportation? How can we make our schools more sustainable?  How can we use fewer natural resources and create less waste? How do we make sure that all people have equal opportunities to shape our future and to benefit from new jobs that are created?
We can’t wait to hear what you think, and what you want to do!


Youth Advocate Council Members will:

  • Get training to develop expertise in sustainable community strategies
  • Gain access to local & regional policymakers and leaders
  • Receive monetary stipends
  • Participate in statewide efforts to create sustainable policy change
  • Meet with youth leaders from across California
  • Gain life-long friends among youth serving on the Council and supportive adults
  • Make lasting contributions to the well-being of your communities
  • Gain experience and knowledge that will inform & boost your education and career opportunities


  • Program Expectations of Youth Advocate Council Members:

  • Participate in an after-school orientation meeting or conference call with your area’s Youth Council members and adult coordinator—Early November 2012.
  • Circulate and return a Sustainable Communities Survey that you help develop to at least ten other youth in your community—Winter 2012.
  • Attend after-school or weekend meetings/workshops/field trips/presentations in downtown averaging at least every other or once every week-November 2012-June 2013.
  • Attend an all expense paid Statewide Capitol Focus Program to present your Network’s Vision and Policy Platform to Governors Office, Legislature and others.—May 2013.
  • Participate in one or more focused regional planning or policy-making process supporting sustainable communities determined to be a priority by your Regional Council—November 2012-June 2013.
  • Participate in a mini-internship or job shadowing activity with a business, government agency or community organization working for sustainable communities—Flexible in summer of 2013. 


  • To Apply each applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed Youth Application with written statement
  • Youth.Applicant_.Memo2012_.doc

  • A nomination form completed by an esteemed adult, community leader, or teacher on your behalf
  • Adult.Nominator_.Memo2012_.doc


    Application and Nominator Forms are due by 5:00pm on Monday October 15h, 2012.  Scan and e-mail to saguirre@californiacenter.org or fax to 916 443-2297.