Students interested in learning about community engagement are encouraged to apply to the District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Do you know a young person between the ages of 13 and 22 who is ready to learn what it takes to make a city run? Encourage them to apply for the District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council, which is accepting applications through August 31. Applicants should expect to devote at least 15 hours a month to the Council. Meetings will begin in September, and run through August 2013. If called in for an interview, applicants must provide a letter of recommendation.

Members of the Council will have the opportunity to bring to the table the ideas and issues surrounding youth who live in the city, as well review youth programs in the area and partner with other community youth-focused organizations on both a national and international level. The program is also an opportunity for participants to receive leadership training and mentoring opportunities, says Cedric Jennings, director of the D.C. Youth Advisory Council.“It extends beyond just the scope of government. We give the the essential skills that would help them be successful in their own lives in the future.”

The program began in 2002 under the leadership of Mayor Anthony Williams, and is comprised of 32 District youth residents. College students seeking to apply must have lived outside of the dorms as a District resident for one year prior to applying for the program. The online application can be found at