FEMA seeks teen leaders for its Youth Preparedness Council

Community By Linda Trischitta, Editor Thursday, February 18, 2021

FEMA seeks teen leaders for its Youth Preparedness Council

Are you a teen with a passion for disaster preparedness, helping others and being involved in your community?

Do you have an aptitude for working on a team as well as leading others?

If so, Uncle Sam wants you!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is inviting teenagers from communities across the Southeast to apply for its National Youth Preparedness Council.

The Council provides an opportunity for young leaders to share their perspectives, feedback and opinions on disaster preparedness with FEMA emergency managers, and to get a chance to learn leadership skills.

“FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council offers young people an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of disaster preparedness while providing them an opportunity to make a change in their communities,” x, FEMA’s regional administrator for Region IV, said in a press release.

Region IV is made up of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Teens who apply should share their academic accomplishments, future goals, how they have positively influenced their communities and list any leadership experience.

New councilmembers will be announced in May.

Students in grades 8 through 11 grade may apply online at community.fema.gov/applytoYPC.

Applicants must submit a written or video application, two letters of recommendation, academic records and a list of extracurricular activities.

Applications must be received by March 7.

Students who apply for the national Youth Preparedness Council also will be considered for Region IV’s Youth Preparedness Council.

Youth Preparedness Councils bring together young leaders who serve two-year terms.

They will complete local and national-level projects and share their ideas on disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.

To learn more about the councils and the application process, visit ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council.


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