Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Youth Commission FAQ


What is the Governor's Youth Commission (GYC)?

The Governor's Youth Commission (GYC) is an advisory body composed of high school-aged students representing all the state counties and appointed by the Governor. The mission of the GYC is to identify and address the most significant 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 housed in and administered by the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF).

How do I apply? 

Applications to participate in the 2023-2024 GYC have closed. Applications to participate in the 2024-2025 academic year will open in Spring 2024.

What's the application process for the GYC?

The application consists of three short essays, a letter of recommendation, and a resume. Select applicants will be asked to partake in an interview a couple of weeks after applications close. New members will be notified of acceptance in mid-summer. See the Information Packet for detailed information.

How do you select members of the GYC?

The GYC comprises 40-50 high school students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) from across Arizona. Each year, two or three members representing 14 of the 15 counties outside Maricopa County are selected to serve on the commission for the academic year. The rest of the commissioners reside in Maricopa County.

How can I participate without being a member?

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