PYC represents Pennsylvania's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth organization.

Founded in April 2011 by Pennsylvania students, the Pennsylvania Youth Congress is Pennsylvania’s first and only statewide LGBTQ youth advocacy organization. As young Pennsylvania leaders, we work to empower ourselves through meaningful community engagement and effective advocacy.

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress was initially established as The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. Our name was changed in May 2015 to better reflect our work on state-level public policy.

Our framework and values come directly from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the leading youth arm of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. PYC explicitly works to support an inclusive and affirming youth community for all young leaders to efficiently communicate and collaborate.

Our Principles

As a movement of young people, we have chosen to develop a new vision for how we run our movement. Too often we see the organized movement becoming a series of non-profit organizations not working well together and distraught over limited resources. As a volunteer-based organization, we have no member dues and rely on private donations for our work. PYC is proud to be the nation’s first youth-led statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. While some national and state organizations may have youth “programs,” they can lack authentic and meaningful engagement of youth. PYC believes in the full empowerment of ourselves as young people to be leaders of today. We operate for the purpose of effective youth advocacy, as an organization willing to work with our partners and allies from all across Pennsylvania.

We stand for inclusivity of all youth in our leadership. We do not align ourselves with any political party or politician. PYC is a coalition of youth committed to integrity, honesty, and communication. We believe in the power of executing effective advocacy through building across social justice movements with our allies.