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Youth Advisory Council

The National Museum and Center for Service (NMCFS) is an organization that celebrates and inspires service in all its forms. We believe that spirit of service is fundamental to our nation and who we are as a people, vital to our democracy, and important to how others in the world view America. Our team of thoughtful volunteers, led by former Congressman Brian Baird (WA-3), is working towards establishing a permanent place in our Nation’s Capital in which we honor the commitment of millions of Americans committed to service over self.


We’re hoping you’ll join us!

Introducing our Pilot Program

NMCFS is launching its Youth Advisory Council (YAC), a pilot program within the Youth Engagement Committee that seeks to bring in youth voices  to our mission. We truly believe that all Americans can serve, and seek to channel youth perspectives and insights – these contributions are vital to our development.  With meaningful hands-on experience, we are involving youth in leadership and service opportunities that reflect an area of profession the you may be interested in.


Applications will open in May 2023 and close in the beginning of July; after reviewing the applications and interviewing participants, the pool of mentees will be selected by the end of the month for a year-long commitment. The inaugural launch of our Youth Advisory Council is set to commence in September 2023 and will operate on a semester schedule. 

Opportunities for Mentees

By working 1 on 1 with your NMCFS mentor,  you'll have the amazing opportunity to gain benefits that translate to life long skills.  Your mentor will meet with you bi-monthly and provide guidance to help you complete tasks that further develop NMCFS in the specific field of your interest.

  • Mentees will gain service hours remotely while learning more about their specific field of interest 

  • Unique networking opportunities with prolific mentors with career experience in a wide variety of industries and organizations

  • Valuable skills such as communication, leadership, and organization will be improved as the mentee helps with contributing to a national initiative 

  • Opportunity to provide your insight and perspective in all stages of development

Mentee Expectations


  • Year-round commitment (September - November and February - May)

  • Expect 3 - 4 hours a week of council duties 

  • Attend monthly mentee check ins with the program leaders virtually

  • Attend bi-monthly meetings with with their mentors virtually

  • Available via email to stay in touch about availability and progress with mentor and program leaders

  • Contribute time outside of meetings to stay on deadlines provided by the Mentors

Mentee Characteristics 

  • A service-oriented individual between ages 14 - 19 

  • An enthusiasm to contribute to a national initiative

  • A willingness to actively engage in conversations about the development of projects

  • An effective communicator to a wide variety of audiences 

  • A desire to be a lifelong learner 

  • An interest in developing leadership skills

Key Dates

Application Open: May 2023 
Application Closes
: Friday, June 30th at 11:59 EDT
Applicants contacted for interviews: Week of July 10th
Interviews will be conducted: Week of July 17th
Mentee’s Contacted: Monday, July 31st 

Apply Today!

Interested in joining the Youth Advisory Council with the National Museum and Center for Service? We'd love to have you on board.

Please submit your application below. The portal will close at 11:59 EDT on Friday, June 30th.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about the application process or the Youth Advisory Council itself? We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you for your message. A member of our Youth Engagement Committee will be in touch with you shortly.

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