Youth as Experts in Federal Policymaking

Youth as Experts in Federal Policymaking
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Room 268 (CVC 268), Washington, DC


For policies to reflect the strengths and realities of our youth and achieve positive, equitable outcomes, young people must be at the center of the policymaking process.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) will host a Capitol Hill Forum on March 30 from 9:15-10:15 am ET to help develop a deeper understanding of how young people’s insights can improve federal policies.

Participants will learn about effective strategies, programs, and policies that include youth involvement in vital decision-making processes. Speakers will include:

  • LaVontae Brooks, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Steven Horsford.
  • Kenvin Lacayo, AYPF Youth Policy Consultant and young advocate for education reform and youth empowerment.
  • Margarita Alegria, Ph.D., Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The speakers will share from their experiences and expertise, exploring specific, practical approaches to sustained engagement with young people at the federal level.


Register Now!

The Forum will take place in Room 268 at the Capitol Visitor’s Center. 

We encourage all members of Congress, Congressional staff, federal agency leaders and staff, and youth and young adult advocates to attend.  You will not want to miss this opportunity!


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The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.