**NEW: 2020-2012 GYC application deadline extended to June 30th**
Established in 1989, the Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) is a diverse body of Arizona high school students from across the state. The purpose of the GYC is to engage youth through innovative programs, events, and campaigns that effectively serve their communities in the areas of:
- Distracted Driving Prevention: Members work to minimize accidents caused by distracted driving in Arizona and demonstrate creative ways to increase safety on Arizona’s roadways.
- Education: Members raise awareness on the importance of reading, writing, and literacy.
- Human Trafficking Prevention: The goal of this committee is to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking and support education and prevention efforts across the state.
- Substance Abuse Prevention: Members encourage their peers to lead a healthy lifestyle and be mindful of their choices by reminding them that there are better things to do than abuse drugs and alcohol.
- Teen Dating Violence Prevention: The committee works to prevent dating violence and promote healthy relationships among Arizona Youth.