Frequently Asked Questions

Before you apply, please read through our Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the expectations of Youth Advisory Council members?

Attend and actively participate in meetings and events:

  • Orientation meeting, May 23, 2019
  • Two 4-hour meetings per month, (virtual attendance via video conferencing will be permitted), May – December 2019
  • A minimum of two community events, May – June 2019:
    • Serve as an Ambassador to increase youth attendance and participation in Regional Plan
    • Serve as a Greeter and/or Facilitator to engage community participants in Regional Plan
  • LA County Board of Supervisors meeting to support adoption of the new Regional Plan, Fall 2019
  • LA County Arts Education Summit, Winter 2019
  • Culmination Event, December 2019

Support civic engagement in the regional planning process:

  • Review and help to organize input from the field
  • Help to refine priorities and strategies
  • Bring youth perspective to dialogue focused on scale, access, equity, and inclusion
  • Define the role of youth in the ongoing leadership of the Arts Ed Collective

Work collaboratively and respectfully with others:

  • Communicate ideas effectively and respectfully
  • Constructively receive feedback
  • Think critically about complex topics and value diverse perspectives
  • Be personally accountable
  • Practice basic time management skills
Do Youth Advisory Council members get paid?

Yes, Youth Advisory Council members receive a $2,250 stipend for participation (based on an estimated 132 hours @ $17/ hr).

Where are meetings held and how do I get to them?

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at our offices at The LA County Arts Commission located at 1055 Wilshire Blvd Suite 800 Los Angeles, CA 90017. Parking validation can be provided. The LA County Arts Commission has proximity to the Metro Red, Blue, and Expo lines. (More information on your route and public transit options at metro.net.)

Who is an ideal Youth Advisory Council member?

Ideal candidates will be passionate about the arts, committed to expanding access to the arts for other young people, and interested in community organizing, social justice, or policymaking.

The ideal application will convey the candidate’s skills, experience, interest and commitment in the following:

  • Interest in and commitment to expanding youth access to the arts
  • Experience playing a leadership role among peers or in the community
  • Ability to contribute as part of a team and carry tasks through to completion
  • Reliability; accountability
  • Prior participation in the arts, either in school or in the community
  • Interest in civic engagement, community organizing or policymaking

Youth Advisory Council members will be selected based on information provided in their written, audio or video application, as well as through a written nomination or recommendation from a teacher, mentor, or supervisor.

Who is eligible to participate?

Residents of Los Angeles County who are 18-24 years old at the time of application are eligible to participate. Youth Advisory Council members will enter into a contract with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to receive their stipend. Prior to contracting, participants will need to obtain a Los Angeles County Vendor Number by providing a Social Security Number "SSN", Employer Identification Number "EIN", Individual Taxpayer Identification Number "ITIN” or a Taxpayer Identification Number for Pending U.S. Adoptions "ATIN". Participants will also be required to complete a W-9 tax form.

Who can I talk to about the program?

For any questions related to the program, please contact:

Meia Johnson
Program Manager
mjohnson@arts.lacounty.gov
213.273.8334