Interact

Meet your Colorado State Legislators and learn about issues affecting your community and topics that are interesting and relevant to youth.

Explore & Examine

Learn the fundamentals of public policy and state government. Hear from elected officials and experts in their field to learn all perspectives on a policy or project.

Discuss

Work within small groups to delve into policy subjects. Share your thoughts and hear what others in the council think.

Recommend & Advise

Present your ideas and recommendations to the state legislature and legislative committees.

"The Colorado Youth Advisory Council believes the voice of our state’s young people needs to be heard by our lawmakers, especially as the decisions of today impact our future in countless ways."

− Suzanna Steele, COYAC Member Representing Senate District 32

"“There’s no better way to acquaint youth with the importance of finding their voice in representative democracy than to give them that opportunity firsthand. Forming a legislative youth council is one way to provide that opportunity and it will also help legislators make better decisions on policies affecting our youth."

− Ellen Roberts, Senator for Colorado State Senate District 6

"Not many high school students get the chance to coauthor a magazine article with a state legislator. Fewer still have opportunities to befriend other students from the far corners of the state. Most rare of all is the ability for a teenager to weigh in on legislation that will directly impact her. COYAC provided me not just with this trifecta, but a bevy of other wonderful experiences and lessons that continue to shape who I am and how I think about my place in the world."

− Angie N., Former COYAC member