Massachusetts: Governor Healey Signs Executive Order Establishing Youth Advisory Council

Boston ~ Today, Governor Maura T. Healey signed Executive Order #617, establishing the Governor's Youth Advisory Council to advise the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the entire administration on critical issues impacting Massachusetts. The Council will include at least one representative from each county and will be appointed to two-year terms.

The purpose of the Council is to provide a platform for young people aged 16-21 to make their voices heard and have a seat at the table when it comes to decisions that will affect their futures. The Council will focus on issues such as civic engagement, education, the environment, housing, and youth violence.

"I've been so inspired by the young people I've met who have been making their voices heard and demanding more from their leaders on the most pressing issues facing Massachusetts," said Governor Healey. "They deserve a seat at the table."

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Lieutenant Governor Driscoll echoed this sentiment saying "This is a great opportunity to bring together the innovative ideas and inspiring energy of young people across the state to deliver results for Massachusetts. We want all voices in Massachusetts to be heard, because we are all impacted by the decisions government makes."

Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler added "The innovation and creativity of our Massachusetts youth are unmatched. They're all eager to be involved in civic engagement and have a hand at creating policies that will impact them and their peers. I am excited to work with and support this council to amplify the perspectives of our students and to conquer what matters most."

The Council will meet with Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll quarterly. Applications for membership are due by 11:59 PM on October 14th 2023. For more information visit

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