Extension Council Youth Leadership

The Extension Council Youth Leadership (ECYL) Program supports County Extension Councils in diversifying their membership to include youth and young adults on councils.


The goals of the program are to:

  • support Extension councils in engaging youth, ages 14-17, in non-voting capacities (voting members must be at least 18 years old by Missouri State Statutes);

  • support Extension councils in engaging more young adults, ages 18-25, in voting positions; and

  • integrate youth-young adult participation into ongoing council leadership development.

Through ECYL, councils gain fresh ideas, new energy, and generational insights from youth and young adults.  Having young people serve on councils leads to enhanced dialogue and decision-making, and increases council linkages to other youth and adults in the community.