Metro Youth Council’s goal is to develop the capacity of young people to engage with and participate in Metro’s plans, projects, programs and initiatives. The Youth Council is built upon the following objectives:
- Listen to the concerns and hopes of young people and future riders
- Learn and receive new ideas and perspectives about issues Metro may face
- Engage future community leaders and increase youth’s awareness of Metro
- Empower – Provide space for youth leaders to share their voices in transportation decision-making
- Ridership – Create life-long riders
Join Metro Youth Council
The application period is from Wednesday, September 7th at 6 am to Friday, October 14th at 11:59 pm.
- Apply: Fill out online application that includes the following written questions:
Why do you want to serve on the Metro Youth Council? (250 words max)
What are 2 to 3 important issues facing youth right now in your community and why? (250 words max)
In a few final sentences, tell us more about yourself or anything else you would like to share. (250 max)
- Application Review
- Interview: 15-minute Zoom interview for applicants who proceed.
- Selection: The 2023 Metro Youth Council will be selected to represent the following subregions of LA County: Gateway Cities, Central LA, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, South Bay Cities, North LA County, Westside Cities, Arroyo Verdugo, and Las Virgenes/Malibu.
27 Youth from Los Angeles County, between the ages of 14-17, will be selected to serve the 2023 council term
Youth will be selected to serve from the following regions*
- San Gabriel Valley
- San Fernando Valley
- Gateway Cities
- Central Los Angeles
- Westside Cities
- South Bay
- Las Virgenes/Malibu
- North LA County
* Number of seats to each region will be based upon 2020 Population Census.
- Live in Los Angeles County and be between 14 -17 years old
- Civic Engagement and Leadership Development
Members will have the opportunity to be part of the Youth Council Cabinet, composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Communications Officer, and Special Event Coordinator. *
- Letter of Participation
- Connecting with peers from across LA County
- Attend and Participate in Metro Events and Activities
- End of Year Stipend
- Commit to a 1-year term from January- December 2023, with a max of 4 hours per month. *Parent/Guardian Consent Form required upon joining the Youth Council.
- Attend Mandatory Welcome Session on Saturday, January 28th 10 am- 1:00 pm at Metro Headquarters in Los Angeles Union Station in Downtown LA.
- Attend monthly meetings held every 3rd Monday of the month at 6 pm via Zoom (Note: Council Meeting in June will be held on Tuesday, June 20 due the Juneteenth Federal Holiday)
Council members elected as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Communications Officer and Special Events Coordinator will be required to meet on the first Monday of the month for 30 minutes virtually, in addition to the regular Youth Council meetings. (Note: Cabinet Meeting in July will be held on Monday, July 10 due to 4th of July Holiday)
- Participate in at least one LA Metro event during the one-year term
- Public outreach to engage other youth
- Participate in meaningful dialogue with Metro’s leadership on projects, programs, and initiatives
- Bus and Rail Operations
- Planning and Construction Projects
- Civic Engagement
- Civil Rights, Equity and Race
- Safety & Security
- Career Pathways
- Marketing & Communications
- Budgets and so much more!
Metro Youth Council on Metro’s The Source