FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2012 to bring together young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities by completing disaster preparedness projects nationally and locally. The YPC supports FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. Additionally, it provides FEMA the opportunity to engage young people and solicit their perspectives, feedback, and opinions.
YPC members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to provide input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. YPC members also attend the annual YPC Summit in Washington, DC, meet regularly with FEMA representatives, and complete several emergency preparedness projects.
This year, YPC members are working on projects for financial preparedness, citizen responder programs, and youth preparedness education. Meet the council and learn more about each of the members here.
The Youth Preparedness Council application usually opens at the beginning of the year, and students in eighth through eleventh grade are eligible to apply. To be considered as an applicant for the national Youth Preparedness Council, each applicant should complete all sections of the application. These sections include the following:
A complete application form, including narrative responses to all application questions
Letters of recommendation
Academic records, to include previous and current year transcripts
A list of extracurricular activities
Any supplemental materials the applicant wishes to add to showcase their capabilities
For more information about how to apply to FEMA’s national Youth Preparedness Council, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.