The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a working committee made up of young leaders who are committed to criminal justice issues and improving police-community relations. Members advise CCRB staff about its efforts to engage young New Yorkers, serve as ambassadors to their communities about the agency, and join team-building activities.
In 2019, the YAC planned "Speak Up, Speak Out: A Youth Summit on Policing in New York City," the CCRB's first-ever full-day conference focused on the relationship between young New Yorkers and the NYPD. During the conference, young people from the city’s five boroughs shared their experiences with policing, identified problems in their communities, and recommended solutions to public safety and police oversight practitioners and academics.
In 2020, the YAC worked with film production company Never Whisper Justice to create a youth-focused public service announcement. The YAC also led a youth-NYPD discussion about how to improve the relationship between the police and New York City's young people.
Members will participate in regular meetings to advise the CCRB on how to improve relations between the NYPD and young New Yorkers.
All young people in New York City ages 10-18 are eligible to apply to participate in the Youth Advisory Council. Applications for the 2021 class of the Youth Advisory Council are now closed. For more information on how to participate next year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.