What is SIYAC?
The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) is a non-partisan policy advising organization comprised of young people from across Iowa between the ages of 14 and 20. 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 has 21 voting and 3 non-voting 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.
Iowa Code §216A.140(8)
A state of Iowa youth advisory council is created to provide input to the Governor, general assembly, and state and local policymakers on youth issues. The purpose of the youth advisory council is to foster communication among a group of engaged youth 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.
"The voice of youth is often silent in politics, but SIYAC demonstrates that youth do have a voice and legislators listen. This year we are confident we can move legislation through the Iowa General Assembly to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk"...Read more
"I view it as my responsibility as a young person to raise awareness about the dangers associated with "conversion therapy," which is human rights abuse"...Read more
"We aren't by any means sidestepping the Legislature we're just going to the people whose job it is to address these practices"...Read more
"As we learn more about the long term effects of radon, it’s important we protect who we can at this point"...Read more
Become a member of SIYAC!
Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are currently being accepted!
To download an application: SIYAC Application
Questions about applying?
Email SIYAC Coordinator Lexi Konig at
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