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Youth Preparedness Council

Video about the purpose of and activities within Youth Preparedness Program.

The Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) was created in 2012 to bring together youth leaders interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally.

The council supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides young people an opportunity to present their perspectives, feedback, and opinions to FEMA staff.  Members regularly meet with staff and attend the annual Youth Preparedness Council virtual summit.

Join the Youth Preparedness Council

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How to Apply

  1. Create a login
  2. Complete application form
  3. Stay connected

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Application Requirements

The Youth Preparedness Council application period is now open. Students in grades eight through 11 can apply.

Make sure to complete all sections of the application, including:

  1. Parental or guardian consent 
  2. A complete application form (including narrative responses to all questions)
  3. Letters of recommendation
  4. A list of extracurricular activities
  5. Any supplemental materials that showcase your capabilities

Dates to Remember

The next YPC application cycle opens in January 2024. Visit this page in January for more information.

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For more information about how to apply, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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YPC Resources

Find everything you need to learn about and apply for the Youth Preparedness Council.

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Meet the Council

Youth Preparedness Council members represent all 10 FEMA regions and a range of backgrounds and interests.

Meet the YPC Members