Youth for Equity and Solidarity

Youth for Equity and Solidarity (YES) Council

What is the Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council?

The Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ council of young leaders who advise the Commission on how to expand our engagement with young people. The youth council will help guide our youth programming and events by providing feedback on workshops and trainings, informing us of issues and incidents related to bias and discrimination, and planning youth related events. The purpose of the council is to build long-term engagement with young people interested in and committed to the mission of the Commission, and to empower young people to become actively engaged in fostering environments of inclusion and respect. Commission staff will support youth council members with trainings and other opportunities that will build their advocacy and organizing skills using a human rights framework. 

What is expected of YES Council Members?

  • Members will participate in bi-monthly meetings or 6 times a year to advise CCHR on how to best address human rights issues that young people are facing.
  • Members will assist in the planning process of our youth symposium.
  • Members will assist in outreach for our days of visibility and days of action in response to bias incidents.
  • Members will explore and share ideas on additional ways for NYC youth to engage with the Commission such as through programming and events.

Can I apply to join the YES Council?

Applications for this year closed on May 15, 2020. Young leaders ages 13-21 applied, and the Commission selected applicants from a diverse range of experiences and interests.

How long does the program last?

The commitment to participate in the YES Council will last a full year, starting in late spring. The program begins with a meet-and-greet among the entire council and Commission leaders, and will include an opportunity to learn more about the Commission’s work and current priorities.

Questions? Please contact youth@cchr.nyc.gov