Office of Youth, Faith and Family announces Governor’s Youth Commission selections of 2016-17

The 2016-17 Governor's Youth Commission. (Submitted Photo)

The 2016-17 Governor’s Youth Commission. (Submitted Photo)

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family has announce the Governor’s Youth Commission class of 2016-17, with representation from all fifteen counties.

Given the highly qualified pool of hundreds of applicants, the selection process was incredibly competitive, according to a press release.
Fifty-one high school sophomores, juniors and seniors were appointed and will play a vital role inspiring Arizona’s youth “to take the lead.”

The GYC has chosen to focus on substance abuse, bullying, teen dating violence, and distracted driving in their respective counties and promote civics education among youth, the release states.

“The GYC offers a remarkable opportunity for young people to demonstrate their strong commitment to service, volunteer-ism, and to mobilize their peers to solve youth challenges,” said GOYFF Director Debbie Moak in a prepared statement.

Through innovative programs, events, and campaigns, the GYC has served Arizona since 1989.  For the second year in a row, the GYC helped the state of Arizona achieve its No. 1 ranking in the world in youth-led service projects.

Last year the youth in Arizona logged over 94,305 service hours on the Be-SeenBeHeard.az.gov website, the release states.

The commission is meant to empower today’s youth to lead and participate in local volunteer programs and raise awareness of community issues statewide, Governor’s Office officials contend.

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