Program Description

The FEMA Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country that are highly interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. This is a great opportunity for tribal youth to participate in making the nation more prepared for disasters. First year members complete self-selected preparedness projects at the community level during their first term on the Council, while second year members complete a youth preparedness-related project at the national level in collaboration with other second year members and FEMA partners.

All Council members meet with FEMA personnel on an ongoing basis throughout their two-year appointments for project support and to receive input on strategies, initiatives, and projects. The Council supports FEMA's commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities, and provides an avenue to engage youth, taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions.

The Youth Preparedness Council Summit is an opportunity for Council members to share their ideas and questions about youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of organizations working on this critical priority. The Youth Preparedness Council Summit is held annually to thoroughly orient new Council members with one another and with FEMA. In addition to receiving training and membership briefings at the Summit, members meet with FEMA leadership and key personnel from Agency mission areas. Council members also begin to plan their legacy projects.

Council members are selected from across the country based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness.

General Program Requirements

Applicants must be current 8th, 9th or 10th grade students at the time of their application. Their applications can emphasize youth disaster preparedness activities that they have participated in or can be related to a disaster they have experienced. Applicants are encouraged to describe specific emergency situations, and/or examples of disaster preparedness activities that would qualify them to serve on the Council. Sample preparedness activities may include but are not limited to:

  • After-school activities
  • America's PrepareAthon! participation
  • Citizen Corps programs
  • Disaster preparedness camps
  • Increasing local disaster awareness
  • National Preparedness Month participation
  • Pet/service animal preparedness
  • Rural or tribal area preparedness activities
  • Teen CERT training
  • Diverse and underserved community programs
  • Using social media to further disaster preparedness
  • Youth club activities (e.g., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts)
  • Youth preparedness activities through a faith-based group

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Youth who are interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, and academic records. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. Typically, the application period runs from January through February each year. Applications are reviewed by national and regional FEMA staff. Semi-finalists are required to participate in a virtual (e.g. Skype) or telephone interview. New Youth Preparedness Council Members are typically announced in May.

Applications are posted in December/January and are accepted January-March.

Program Contact Information

Individual and Community Preparedness Division
400 C. St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

Point of Contact: Allison Carlock
Number: (202) 550-0358

Or e-mail:
fema-youth-preparedness-council@fema.dhs.gov

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNot tribal Specific but tribal youth are encouraged to apply.
Funding TypeN/A - FEMA pays for the annual Youth Preparedness Council Summit in Washington, DC each year which includes funding for chaperones.
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)15 Students from across the country are selected to serve on the council. Council members act as youth preparedness advocates in their community to reach a wide range of audiences.
Length of Program1 to 2 years
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?N/A - Tribes do not compete for funding. There is a competitive application process to serve on the council.
Tribes Funded by this ProgramN/A - Not a grant program.

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