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With the Youth Advisory Council, PYC believes that giving youth the opportunity to share their opinions and ideals will make park programs more relevant and impactful in the long run.
Youth should have agency over the opportunities that they participate in, and their feedback will create a park that is more welcoming, relevant, and impactful for future generations of park program participants. For this reason, PYC created the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
The YAC brings together diverse teams of young people who have previously been involved or are currently enrolled in other youth programs, giving them access to new leadership opportunities and major involvement in various PYC projects. PYC believes that giving youth a opportunity to share their opinions and ideals strongly benefits the park in the long run by giving young people the power to shape their own experiences, making programs more impactful and relevant. As a cohort of young people directly impacted by local youth programs, the YAC is meant to represent the interests of all youth program participants in the Golden Gate National Parks, and will pave the way for park programs to better incorporate youth voices into their programs in the future.