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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.

2017-2018, FINAL CYAC Class

The 14th and final CYAC class began in the fall 2017 semester. I thank all our students who applied, and I congratulate the students who are a part of this competitive program.  This school year's class has already had a successful start. They spent their first session discussing the vast national security infrastructure - specifically the responsibilities different individuals hold on a community, state, and national level. This meeting also included a tour of the Collin County jail.  For their second session, CYAC students attended the Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony followed by a Q&A with Major General James L. Williams. For the third session, the CYAC class met with Collin County Commissioner-Precinct 1 Susan Fletcher, Plano Mayor Pro Tempore Rick Grady, State Representative Jodie Laubenberg, Judge John Payton, and Assistant Plano Police Chief Brad Fortune.  Each student had the opportunity to sit with each leader and engage in meaningful dialogue about leadership in the community. 

As we enter the final semester, more updates will be shared regarding CYAC's activities and outreach! Check back for more details.