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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 - the FINAL year of this program
I look forward to welcoming new students to the 14th and final 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!
If you would like to participate, please submit the APPLICATION no later than Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Applications have opened early to give students time over the summer months to thoughtfully prepare and fill out their forms.
2017-2018 CYAC Application
I congratulate the students of the 2016-2017 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 General James L. Williams, 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, and I thank all our students for their hard work and generosity of spirit - you have a bright future ahead!