Established in 1989, the Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) is a diverse body of Arizona high school students from across the state. The membership of the GYC serves to be representative of the demographic and geographic diversity of Arizona. Commissioners work to identify and address the greatest challenges facing Arizona’s youth through innovative community impact projects, establishing partnerships with young leaders across the state, and advising the Governor. The GYC is committed to empowering generations of civically engaged and service-oriented leaders to create a brighter future for Arizona. Commissioners are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to school and community, and their demonstrated oral and written ability to communicate through the application process.
The GYC achieves its mission through its five workgroups that focus on the following issue areas:
The Distracted Driving Workgroup aims to combat distracted driving by emphasizing the consequences of doing so, and by also encouraging Arizona teen drivers to practice safe driving. #HandsFreeAZ
The 2022-2023 Distracted Driving Workgroup is focusing its efforts to develop a public service announcement (PSA) that brings to light how negative driving habits have personally impacted individuals within their own communities. These efforts will aid in increasing awareness and education to Arizona teens and young adults about the seriousness of distracted driving and how it is a 100% preventable problem.
The Domestic Violence Workgroup aims to raise awareness of the warning signs and red flags of an unhealthy relationship while providing available resources to Arizona teens that experience such signs in their relationships. In partnership with schools and local businesses in Maricopa, Greenlee, Graham, Mojave, and Navajo counties, the 2021-22 Workgroup planned a Hygiene Product Drive and donated items to Domestic Violence Shelters in each of the aforementioned counties.
The Education Workgroup aims to mitigate the challenges Arizona high school students face throughout their experience in the education system. With many students having similar struggles, this Workgroup focuses on these difficulties to provide student perspectives in an effort to better inform Arizona high school students, teachers, and government officials on the gaps and barriers within the education system necessary for all Arizona students to thrive.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and presented new mental health challenges. Throughout the state, Arizona high school students have endured circumstances such as isolation, uncertainty, and repetitiveness that have taken an unhealthy toll on their mental health. Given this, the Mental Health Workgroup aims to gather resources on suicide prevention to better inform Arizona high school students and their families of the available resources within their communities.
The Substance Abuse Workgroup aims to spread awareness of available resources for preventing teen substance use and abuse.