Teens ages 14-17 are encouraged to apply to Metro’s Youth Council
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today announced the opening of the application period for the Metro Youth Council. Los Angeles County teens, ages 14 -17, are encouraged to apply by the October 3 deadline to be considered for the 2024 Metro Youth Council.
The Metro Youth Council is comprised of young people from the communities throughout Los Angeles County that Metro serves. Each Youth Council member commits to a one-year term on the council during which they will share their ideas and perspectives about Metro’s projects and initiatives and, importantly, how to improve the transportation system for everyone. Since its launch in October 2021, Metro’s GoPass program has had more than 23 million student boardings.
“I’m amazed and inspired by the dedication and thoughtful feedback of the young people who are part of Metro’s Youth Council,” said Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. “They have their eyes on the future and are committed to helping us make transportation better now and in the years to come.”
Throughout their Youth Council membership, students obtain experience and training valuable for their future lives. Members also can become part of the Youth Council Cabinet, composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Communications Officer, and Special Event Coordinator, which provides additional leadership opportunities.
Through the program participants experience civic engagement, leadership development and networking opportunities. They also attend and participate in Metro events and activities and connect with their peers from across L.A. County. At the end of the Youth Council term, each member receives a certificate of participation and a stipend.
Each year the Youth Council hosts a Youth Summit event for others who may be interested in joining and to discuss important topics affecting them. This year the summit is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at L.A. Union Station. The theme is Traveling Sustainably, and the council and guests will discuss how to explore LA’s best destinations while lowering their carbon footprint.
In its second year, the Metro Youth Council has shared with Metro the importance of learning how to use the system and how to connect with other transit agencies throughout the region. As part of the upcoming Youth Summit, the council and attendees will begin creating a digital Youth Destination Guide that includes places they like to visit and how to get there using transit. When complete, the guide will help other youth navigate the system and help Metro better service youth riders.
To learn more about the Youth Council visit: metro.net/youthcouncil
Youth interested in attending the summit: metroyouthsummit2023.eventbrite.com
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries nearly 900,000 boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and six rail lines.
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