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About the Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC)
In 2004 I created the Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) to gain insight from Collin County high school students and to inspire civic-minded young adults in our community to achieve their full potential. The Council meets approximately twice each school semester in the Third District. During the CYAC activities, high-achieving students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, experts, and institutions play in a democracy.
How to Apply for 2017-2018 CYAC
I look forward to welcoming new students to the 14th CYAC class this fall. Each year CYAC allows me to meet the brightest young minds in our local community...it also underscores how important it is to have our younger generations interested and involved in our local, state, and national discussions!
Applications will open in the summer. Please check back for details.
I congratulate the students of the 2015-2016 CYAC, and I thank all our students who applied. We had some great meetings during which we had detailed policy discussions - I was so impressed with how these CYAC students continued to challenge one another for better ideas and understanding of today's issues! Our first session was spent discussing the vast national security infrastructure - specifically the responsibilities different individuals hold on a community, state, and national level. We heard from a variety of speakers throughout the year such as Major Heather Penney (one of two Air Force pilots who took to the skies on September 11, 2001 on orders to take down Flight 93 with her own aircraft before the terrorists reached Washington, D.C.), Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland, and officers with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as the United States Customs and Border Protection. To put their knowledge into practice, students held a Mock Congress in the spring. CYAC students also had the chance to "pay it forward" and give back through service with an initiative called "CYAC in the Community." These great kids gave back tenfold at organizations like the "Love Where You Live" neighborhood cleanup, the Plano Community Gardens, and the Frisco Family Resale Store. I thank all our students for their hard work and generosity of spirit - you have a bright future ahead!