Youth Advisory Council

No decisions about us, without us!

“We are visionaries and dreamers.  We are strong, revolutionary, and we are fighting.  We are breaking the cycle.”

King County Youth Advisory Council

Formed in 2013, The King County Youth Advisory Council (KCYAC) is a group of young leaders (ages 16-24) from the Seattle and South King County area. 

Made up of individuals who have faced  barriers in school and work, our goal is to to influence county wide youth initiatives, programs, and advance the rights of our most marginalized populations.

Areas Of Focus

Developing community brilliance by cultivating youth leadership

Project Development

Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. This is why all of KCYAC projects are focused on community needs and driven by our youth leaders. 

Building Community

KCYAC is dedicated to strengthening our community network by partnering with youth and youth serving organizations. You can catch our young leaders facilitating workshops, tabling at local high schools,  and being community advocates.

Professional Development

From goal setting to professional development opportunities, KCYAC helps our young leaders acquire long lasting skills and feel empowered in their communities.

School To Prison Pipeline Film Project

In partnership with Blanket Fort Films, our young folks are taking the lead in creating a film highlighting how youths of color are disproportionately affected by incarceration.

how we support our young leaders

Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning

Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (Y.E.L.L.) is a framework where community invests in the development of young people. KCYAC members use the Y.E.L.L. framework to put forth projects of  their own design such as open mics, films, and block parties.

Youth-led Participatory Action Research

The Youth-led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) framework allows young people to practice self-agency. With YPAR, the King County Youth Advisory Council identify issues in community, conduct research, and implement solutions driven by youth voice.


When it comes to early learning and youth development we are dedicated bridge builders for our community and the organizations committed to serving them. Join us as we continue to elevate community voice!

Makayla Wright

Youth Voice Organizing Manager

(206) 336-6937

Devan Rogers

Youth Voice Outreach Coordinator

(206) 261-3434

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