The 12-to-24 Collaborative Announces Applications Are Open for the First Ever County-Wide Youth Council

The 12-to-24 Collaborative is accepting applications to seat an inaugural Frederick County Youth Council. The application window will close on January 2, 2024.

Led by the 12-to-24 Collaborative, a dynamic network of youth service providers, community leaders, and local funders dedicated to improving outcomes for young and emerging adults aged 12 through 24 in Frederick County, the first-ever County-wide Youth Council will help to transform Frederick County and empower youth to take action and make decisions on critical issues. Specifically, the Youth Council will play a vital role in creating youth-oriented programming, influencing county-wide legislation that impacts youth, advocating on important issues, addressing community problems, supporting and uplifting peers through mentoring, and positively impacting Frederick County.

Kavonté Duckett, Vice President of the Frederick County Council and Youth Council Workgroup Chair, believes in the power of youth to shape the future of Frederick County. “The next generation growing up in Frederick County understand the community’s strengths, and they see the incredible potential for growth,” he says. “We are thrilled to see the Youth Council’s enthusiastic and innovative ideas, as well as their commitment to working together to make our community even stronger. Their passion gives us hope for the future, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve.”

Youth Council Application Flyer

To be eligible for the Youth Council, applicants must live in Frederick County, be between the ages of 12-24 when applying, be able to participate in at least one monthly meeting of the Council (in person or virtual) and commit to a one-year term on the Youth Council from January – December 2024.

Every youth or emerging adult who applies will be invited to an interview in mid-January. Once chosen to serve, Youth Council Members will be compensated for their participation and granted the opportunity to deepen their professional skills, pursue their passion for change, and many more progressive opportunities.

Goodwill of Monocacy Valley is helping to prepare applicants for interviews by providing two free preparation sessions in January 2024. Each person that attends will also receive a $25 Goodwill Gift card to purchase clothing items for the interviews:

To learn more about the opportunity or to nominate a member of our youth community who desires positive change in Frederick County, visit

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About the 12-to-24 Collaborative

The 12-to-24 Collaborative is a network of 120 stakeholders/nonprofit youth-serving organizations in Frederick County, MD who have come together with the shared goal of enhancing outcomes for youth and emerging adults between the ages of 12 and 24, and a dedication to creating greater ease and access to services for Frederick’s young community members.

To accomplish this, the 12-to-24 Collaborative is organized into five key workgroups: the Youth Council Workgroup, the Service Mapping & Navigation Workgroup, the Hub Building Workgroup, the Data Sharing & Analysis Workgroup, and the Workforce Development Workgroup. Each workgroup focuses on specific areas to help bring meaningful change, spark collaboration, and effectively move the needle on improving outcomes for young people in Frederick. To learn more about the 12-to-24 Collaborative please visit

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