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State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council

SIYAC 2022-23 Member Bios

Past SIYAC Rosters

Meeting Agendas and Minutes --2022-2023
Previous Years Agendas/Minutes


The application period ended June 3rd, 2022.  Please check back in May, 2023, for the 2023-24 application period.


Hear from SIYAC member Kunal Chugh (1)

Why Youth Should Join SIYAC
A Platform for Youth Voices, Advocacy, and Leadership
by Kunal Chugh

What is SIYAC?


The purpose of The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC is to foster communication among a group of engaged youth from across Iowa between the ages of 14 and 20 and the governor, general assembly, and state and local policymakers regarding programs, policies, and practices affecting youth and families; and to advocate for youth on important issues affecting youth.   These youth leaders are selected to represent all Iowa youth and engage in topics important to young Iowans.  Concerns are drafted and shared  with policy makers during the legislative session.

SIYAC was originally established in 2001 by Governor Tom Vilsack as a way to inform legislators and  policymakers on issues important to youth.  In 2009, SIYAC was established in Iowa Code §216A.140(8) under the Department of Human Rights, Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development.

SIYAC has 21 members.  Quarterly meetings are held in Des Moines at the State Capitol Building; monthly meetings are held via conference calls.  New members are selected in June of each year and serve two-year terms.  There are no participation fees.      

Youth Voice

"When people are given an opportunity to participate in government, our democratic values are at their best"...Read more

"The voice of youth is often silent in politics, but SIYAC demonstrates that youth do have a voice and legislators listen."...Read more

Legislative Initiatives

2021-2022 Legislative Priority Areas & Position Statements

2020-2021 Legislative Agenda Position Statements

Click the link below to see what initiatives SIYAC has pursued in the past.

  Legislative Initiatives Agenda Archive

SIYAC Highlights

Stay tuned for new highlights or click the link below for highlights from previous SIYAC years!

SIYAC Highlights from Previous Years

2020-2021 Highlights

Legislative Page

January, 2021

This year, four of our SIYAC youth are serving as legislative pages. 

Legislative Prep Day

Legislative Prep Day! 

SIYAC youth were able to speak to community leaders and legislators about their position statements and important issues! 

SIYAC Service Projects

Past SIYAC Service Projects



Completing service projects in Iowa communities has become a core component of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council. To finish up the 2018-2019 SIYAC year, members of the Council helped Polk County Conservation Youth Corps to clean up Jester Park. Tasks included weeding the Elk and Bison area, and removing honeysuckle, an invasive plant species.






Questions? Email the SIYAC Coordinator at