01 Feb 2023 FEMA Seeking Leaders for Youth Preparedness Council Applications The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for students in grades eight through eleven interested in supporting disaster preparedness to join the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). Why is it Important for Youth to Apply? FEMA created the Youth Preparedness Council in 2012 to bring together young leaders from across the country who are interested in disaster preparedness and community service. The YPC demonstrates FEMA’s commitment to involve America’s youth in preparedness-related activities. It also provides young people an opportunity to present their perspectives, feedback and opinions to FEMA staff. During their terms, YPC members can make a difference in their community, gain valuable leadership and emergency management experience, and work with like-minded peers to help strengthen preparedness and resilience across the country. What Do YPC Members Do? YPC members meet with FEMA staff throughout their term to develop strategies, initiatives and project proposals. YPC members will also participate in the YPC summit held in Washington, DC with FEMA leaders and other preparedness professionals to network and learn more about the field. Who Should Join the YPC? Students in grades eight through eleven who have a passion for preparedness and helping others, are involved in their community, and have an aptitude for working on teams and as leaders. How to Apply? The online application is open, and closes March 6, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PT. To learn more about the YPC and application requirements, visit http://www.ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council and visit https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/apply-to-ypc to apply. FEMA will also host two webinars for potential applicants on Jan. 30, 2023 and Feb. 28, 2023.