2021-22 GYC Application Open for Select Counties
*Applications from the following counties are being accepted: Apache and Gila County*
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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 from doing so, and by also encouraging Arizona teen drivers to practice safe driving. #HandsFreeAZ
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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, Pinal, Pima, Greenlee, and Yuma counties, the Workgroup sponsored 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 2020, Arizona high school students 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 on available resources for preventing teen substance use and abuse. In partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the Workgroup focused on preventing adolescent vape usage by providing adolescent perspective on existing marketing ads to improve their effectiveness on the dangers of vaping.