Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

Governor's Youth Commission

2024-2025 Applications are Now Open! 

Download the Information Packet and Apply Online or by Mail

Deadline: May 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM (MST)

Established in 1989, the Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) solicits the participation of 10th-12th grade high school students from all 15 counties across the state, representing Arizona's demographic and geographic diversity. Commissioners work to promote healthier communities through youth volunteerism and service learning, increasing awareness of the greatest issues affecting their community and encouraging civic participation. This empowers generations of civically engaged and service-oriented leaders to create a brighter future for Arizona. Commissioners are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to their school and community and their oral and written ability to communicate effectively through the application process.

The GYC achieves its mission through its five workgroups that focus on the following issue areas:

Conservation and Sustainability

Arizona acknowledges the importance of involving youth voices in discussions around sustainable and conservation solutions. Starting in the 2024-2025 academic year, the Conservation and Sustainability Workgroup will promote education and community involvement to build solutions that support sustainable practices. These efforts aim to help protect the state’s air, land, and water and promote a high quality of life.

Domestic Violence

The Domestic Violence Workgroup strives to raise awareness about domestic violence and educate the public on how it affects the vast demographics seen across the State of Arizona. To do so, the 2023-2024 Domestic Violence Workgroup conducted a statewide Hygiene Product Drive with 50+ donation sites that amounted to approximately $50,000 in monetary value benefiting domestic violence shelters. Additionally, and in partnership with BlOOM365, the workgroup held a no-cost community event to raise awareness about recognizing red flags in dating relationships, gather resources to prevent dating violence in teens and young adults as well as domestic violence, and explore the many ways to support individuals impacted by domestic violence.  


The Education Workgroup raises awareness of alternative and non-traditional postsecondary options and the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) throughout Arizona high schools. To do so, the 2023-2024 Education Workgroup hosted no-cost Postsecondary Education Readiness Webinars to better prepare Arizona high schoolers for a career they’re passionate about.

Download region-specific resources, including opportunities for one-on-one FAFSA assistance, connecting to local trade schools, etc: 

Statewide | Central | Northeastern | Northwestern | Southeastern | Southwestern

Mental Health

The Mental Health Workgroup aims to increase awareness of the available resources within their communities to Arizona high school students and their families. To do this, the 2023-2024 Mental Health Workgroup aimed to bring awareness of the 2022-2023 Mental Health Workgroup initiative of developing a toolkit for high school students interested in starting a mental health club using materials from the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. Through these efforts, the workgroup aids in bringing awareness and education around available suicide prevention resources for teens that will reduce the stigma around expressing to peers when they are struggling with their mental health and ultimately reduce the number of deaths by suicide among Arizona teens. 

Substance Abuse

Most adults who meet the criteria for having a substance use disorder start using substances during their teens and young years (U.S. Surgeon General, 2021). Because of this, the Substance Abuse Workgroup aims to spread awareness to Arizona high school students and parents on the dangers of substance misuse and abuse. As substance abuse has become an increasing problem among young adults, this workgroup provides a wide range of resources and strategies from early prevention to harm reduction that work to prevent substance misuse and abuse across the state.

In partnership with the Maricopa County Publish Health Department’s Youth Advisory Council, the 2023-2024 Substance Abuse Workgroup held a no-cost community awareness event for a panel discussion around substance misuse and abuse prevention strategies.

2023-2024 Commissioners in the Community

Governor's Youth Commission Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)