Youth Commission Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?
Applications open February 2, 2015 and will be accepted until May 1, 2015.

How do I apply?
If you are a student who meets the eligibility requirements and would like apply for the Florida Youth Commission, please complete the Student Application Form using the instructions provided.

How do I nominate a student?
If you know a student who meets the eligibility requirements and would like to nominate them for the Florida Youth Commission, please complete the Nominator Application Form using the instructions provided.

I see that there are two applications. Do I have to submit both?
No, only one application is necessary. Please see above for information on which application to submit.

What is the eligibility?
• Must be a Florida resident.
• Must be a rising Sophomore or Junior at a high school (or equivalent) in Florida.
• Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA).
• Must have access to the internet.

What does the Youth Commission do?
The Florida Youth Commission represents youth across the state and acts as an advisory body to the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. The objective of the Florida Youth Commission is to connect with youth across the state in order to identify key issues facing Florida’s next generation.

Is there Youth Commission staff in my area?
All support is handled by the headquarters office of the Department of Juvenile Justice located in Tallahassee, Florida. Staff is available to support youth all over the state.

Program questions
What is the cost of the Commission?
The Commission is funded by a federal grant that covers the expenses for Commissioners.

What is the time commitment?
Commissioners must dedicate roughly 2 hours per week to the FYC. Youth Commissioners are required to:
• Attend a weekend retreat in late summer/early Fall.
• Participate in a monthly, one-hour conference call with fellow Youth Commissioners.
• Participate in a monthly, one-hour committee call with fellow committee members.
• Complete monthly tasks assigned within committee.
• Maintain timely correspondence with members and leadership.
• Attend the “Teens Only” Town Hall Meeting in April during Children’s Week in Tallahassee, FL.
• Make an effort to attend one of the four Florida Children and Youth Cabinet meetings in their area
*Please note that we will work with the school of each youth to ensure that FYC involvement does not interfere with coursework.

As a parent/ guardian, what is expected of me?
To support your child to ensure that he/she has the capacity to serve to the best of his/her abilities.

If I have more questions, who do I contact?
Please contact Caitlin Camechis, FYC Manager at the Department of Juvenile Justice, by: Phone: 850-717-2700 or E-mail: FloridaYouthCommission@djj.state.fl.us.

 

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