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Less than One Week Left to Apply for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

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ATLANTA – Less than one week remains for teens to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council. All applications and supporting materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. PST, on March 7.

Students in 8th through 11th grade may apply online at community.fema.gov/applytoYPC. To apply, youth must submit a completed written or video application, two letters of recommendation, academic records, and a list of extracurricular activities. Students who apply for the national Youth Preparedness Council also will be considered for Region IV’s 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 grow their leadership skills. Teens are encouraged to share their academic achievements, future goals, ways they have positively influenced their communities, and any leadership experiences. Council members are selected based on their passion for preparedness and helping others, community involvement, and their aptitude for working both in a team and as a leader. New council members will be announced in May.

Formed in 2012, the Youth Preparedness Council brings together young leaders who support disaster preparedness and make a difference in their communities. During their two-year term, members will complete both local and national-level projects and share their ideas on disaster preparedness with FEMA leadership and national organizations.

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

Last updated March 3, 2021