About PYC Advocates

The leadership corps of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress is PYC Advocates.

PYC Advocates is our network of key young LGBTQ leaders across the commonwealth who are established and emerging leaders. PYC Advocates receive powerful tools from PYC and expert trainings to enhance their work at the local, regional, and statewide levels.


The Pennsylvania Youth Congress is currently accepting applications to become a PYC Advocate!

As a PYC Advocate you will:

-Have valuable leadership opportunities supporting on-the-ground LGBTQ advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania
-Network with other young leaders from across the state at PYC connection points
-Design your own advocacy projects with PYC or take on leadership with an existing advocacy effort
-Engage in mentorship opportunities in your region
-Represent PYC and be a positive force in your community
-Receive regular updates of organizational activities
-Receive special invitations to events as a representative of PYC, including pride festival events, galas, concerts, social functions, fundraisers, and regional summits
-Waived registration fees for the Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference


How to Apply

PYC Advocates participate in four connection points each year for community building, advocacy education, and leadership training. Attendance is required for each of these connection points and the YAC (TBD in 2021), save for approved extenuating circumstances. Should any of the connection points be able to be held in-person, travel logistics and overnight accommodations will be provided to PYC Advocates to attend, and need-based to attend the YAC (if no sponsoring school or organization is available to assist).

The dates for the 2020-2021 PYC Advocate connection points are as follows. In the 2020-2021 year each connection point will be held online rather than in-person retreats. By completing the application below, you are committing to having the following dates fully available to attend (Friday evening through Sunday evening):


December 4-6, 2020
January 8-10, 2021
April 2-4, 2020
May 21-23, 2021


PYC Advocates are expected to attend the weekly All-Organization Meeting which takes place on Sunday evenings at 8pm via Zoom. A drop-in PYC Family space is held each week as well, which PYC Advocates are invited to attend socially, and attend at least once a month.

PYC Advocates serve one year terms which begin and conclude each fall, which may be renewed by application. Individuals will be selected to represent each of PYC's nine regions. To be eligible to serve as a PYC Advocate, applicants must reside in Pennsylvania (or if living in Washington, DC, have roots in Pennsylvania) and identify as young advocates (generally older teens and twentysomethings).

If you would like more information about PYC Advocates, please email PYC Advocate Coordinator Angie Poole at

You may apply become an PYC Advocate by completing the form below. A PYC leader will be in touch with you following your submission. PYC Advocates initially formed in 2019 as PYC Ambassadors.

The PYC Assembly Charter which includes the framework and operations for PYC Advocates is here.

The regular application period for the 2020-2021 term of PYC Advocates closed in fall 2020. The application form below will remain open on to accept submissions on a rolling basis for any vacancies as they may occur. We will keep applications on file and be in touch as opportunities may arise. Thank you.

PYC Advocate Application
NameFull Name
Phone Number
Date of Birth
Hometown / Current Home in PA
School Name(if applicable)
Expected Graduation Year(if applicable)
Short Response
PYC was founded in 2011 in a time of urgency for young LGBTQ leaders to be recognized and have the ability to take statewide action. Over the years, PYC leaders have successfully advanced local and statewide policy change through effective advocacy work and sharing our stories as young leaders. We have particularly focused on uplifting the experiences of youth living at the intersection of marginalized identities. PYC Advocates have a powerful opportunity to share their stories and activism work with statewide and national audiences in their own words, which is an instrumental in promoting authentic and educational LGBTQ media. Please keep your responses to less than about 300 words (2,000 characters).
Please briefly share why you are interested in becoming a PYC Advocate, and any skills or experiences which would make you a successful in this role.
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Please share up to three resources for the LGBTQ community in your region, and why you feel they are important.
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Please share up to three resources for the LGBTQ community in your region that are not currently available, and why you feel they should be provided.
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What issues or concerns are most pressing for you as a young LGBTQ Pennsylvanian? What priorities are important to you for a statewide LGBTQ youth agenda?i.e. addressing homelessness, school violence, etc.
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What types of community work have you been involved with so far? What organizations have you participated in at school? In your local area?
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Do you have experience in journalism, blogging, social media, performing arts, film, creative writing, or other forms of media? What kinds of media do you enjoy producing? If so, what kind of content would you be interested in creating as a PYC Advocate?
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RésuméPlease upload your résumé. Optional but preferred. Accepted: .pdf, .doc, .docx
Upload Résumé
Additional Comments(Optional)
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PYC Advocates 2019-2020

Huntingdon, PA
Juniata College '20
Hometown: Altoona, PA
Altoona, PA
Penn State University Altoona '20
Hometown: Upper Darby, PA
Blairsville, PA
Blairsville High School '20
Erie, PA
Penn State Behrend '20
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Lewisberry, PA
Harrisburg Area Community College - York '22
Pittsburgh, PA
Chatham University '21
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Shippensburg, PA
Shippensburg University '22
York, PA
York College '21
Hometown: Dallastown, PA
Huntingdon, PA
Juniata College '22
Hometown: Myerstown, PA
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh '22
Hometown: Clarks Summit, PA
Shippensburg, PA
Shippensburg University '21
Hometown: Erie, PA
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University '21
Hometown: Cheltenham, PA