Coalition Z is helping its chapters reach out to elected officials to establish youth cabinets: groups of 10-30 high school students who advise legislators about issues relevant to teenagers. Modeled after Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Youth Cabinet, on which several Coalition Z members serve, youth cabinets serve a dual purpose, providing young people with the opportunity to share opinions directly with elected officials and helping educate young members about the political process.
How it works
We provide our chapters with toolkits to reach out to officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Once officials express interest, we work with them to contact constituent schools, recruit interested students, and set up a framework for the cabinets. Students who help create cabinets in their schools’ districts often serve on the cabinets as well.
We're aiming to finalize and announce plans for youth cabinets by the end of the 2017-2018 school year, which will allow the councils to begin operation in September 2018.