Youth Action Council (YAC) is a year-long youth development program for NYC teens to connect with artists, scholars and activists to explore the intersections of the arts and social justice.

Youth Action Council (YAC) is an academic year-long program that meets bi-weekly to build social engagement and creative leadership by and for young people. Themes will explore the intersections of art, environment, human rights, politics, leadership, historical awareness, and more.


  • Workshops and skill-building exercises that combine leadership development, political education and art-making
  • Cross-city conversations with other young leaders
  • Collective development of two public events
  • Participation as ambassadors of a youth perspective at wider NLE events

In order to support teens of all socioeconomic backgrounds NLE will facilitate transportation, supply food during meetings and offer stipends to Council members.

No Longer Empty is excited to open up applications to all New York City youth interested in participating.

Applications for the 2019-20 term are now closed.

Please contact with any questions.

2018-2019 Youth Action Council Members:
Ashanti Strong| Jade Villegas | Jontay Beckles |  Justice Jones | Kalia Asencio | Mariel Martinez | Marvens Volcimus | Sarahfina Cunningham | Stephanie Martinez

Click here to check out the 2018-19 YAC archive, YACademics!

This teen-made online journal documents their experiences in the program, including photos, artwork and more.