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FEMA Seeks Teen Leaders for Next Youth Preparedness Council Class

FEMA is accepting Youth Preparedness Council applications from students

grades eight through 11 who want to make a positive impact on their


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The council brings teens together from across the nation who are

interested in community preparedness and looking to build leadership

skills and networks that will feed their success into the future.

Council members serve a one-year term that starts July 2024. During

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their term, council members work collaboratively on local and national

level projects to build a more resilient nation. Previous members

created proposals for projects like developing a collection of resources

so young people experiencing homelessness know what to do in a disaster,

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designing a graphic novel for children to explain the effects of a

changing climate, creating the framework for support groups aimed at

young people who have experienced disasters and creating a book designed

to help young people understand decision making during disasters.

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“The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for teens

across America to get a sense of what it’s like to be an emergency

manager. It also lets us take a glimpse into the future of our

profession — and let me say, the future is bright,” said FEMA

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Administrator Deanne Criswell. “These young leaders give me so much

hope that we’ll be able to create a more prepared, resilient America

that the next generation needs and deserves. I’m looking forward to

watching this new council come together and seeing what they’re able

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to accomplish.”

Council members will attend the July 2025 Council Summit where they will

engage with top leaders within FEMA, the federal government and national

non-profit organizations. Each year, council teams also attend sessions,

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workshops and networking events and present their project proposals to a

panel of emergency management experts during a virtual event.

Teens interested in applying to the council must submit a completed

application form and provide two letters of recommendation. Council

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members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their

efforts in making a difference in their communities and their potential

to expand their impact as national leaders for emergency preparedness.

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted no later

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than March 4. New council members will be announced in June 2024.

Learn more about the council and access the application materials at the

Youth Preparedness Council page on

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