In 2019, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon launched the Congressional Youth Cabinet (CYC), a nonpartisan initiative open to sophomores and juniors in high school to provide students in Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district with an opportunity to learn more about Congress and the policymaking process.

“This generation has inspired me through their engagement and participation in our civic discourse,” Congresswoman Scanlon said. “The goal of the Congressional Youth Cabinet is to foster a lifetime commitment to civic engagement and public service, by giving young people in our district a front seat to our democracy.”  

The first CYC had 35 students from across the fifth district. Members of the CYC also had the opportunity to provide Congresswoman Scanlon with their own ideas about solving pressing issues facing young Americans. Members will also have the opportunity to connect with other elected officials, peers, and community leaders.

We are no longer accepting applications for this year's CYC. If you have any questions about the program, please visit 

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