Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council

About the Council

Per authorizing statute IC 2-5-29, the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (ILYAC) advises the General Assembly on topics related to Indiana youth through the suggestion, endorsement, and advocacy of relevant legislation and policy. The Council is included in the budget of the Indiana Department of Education, supported by grants and donors, and overseen by the Indiana Bar Foundation.

Council members are appointed by a high-ranking member of state government leadership, and serve two-year terms. Five appointing bodies can each appoint between two to five Council members, as follows:

  • Governor of Indiana (2)
  • President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate (5)
  • Speaker of the Indiana House (5)
  • Minority Leader of the Indiana Senate (5)
  • Minority Leader of the Indiana House (5)

The Appointment Process

State government leaders appoint members to the Council through a rolling appointment process that typically includes recommendations from the community, the submission of a resume, and/or a formal interview. Appointments depend on seat availability and are very limited.

To seek an appointment, you may contact an appointing body and request information on Council seat availability. Alternatively, you may also complete a Petition Packet, which the Council opens annually each spring to facilitate the speed of your appointment. Through the Petition Packet, materials are first evaluated by the Council, and exemplary applications will be sent to the State House under strong recommendations for appointment by the Council. Members who are subsequently appointed by a legislator will be notified by the Council Chair as soon as the relevant correspondence is received from the State House.

The 2020-21 Petition Packet will be available in late March.

Council Sessions Through the Years

2012-13 members on the House floors during Legislative Session.
2017-18 members during a meeting at the Indiana Bar Foundation offices.

The 2018-19 Council Session

The 2018 Annual Report was published on November 20, 2018 and includes policy recommendations for the 2019 Legislative Session. It has been submitted to the Indiana General Assembly as required by the Authorizing Statute.

The 2019 Bill Endorsements were published on January 31, 2019 and include ten (10) House and Senate Bills for suggested enactment during the 2019 Legislative Session.

The 2019-20 Council Session

The Council is currently in summer recess. The 2019-20 Council Session will first adjourn begin in September 2019 before recessing in April 2020.

Officer elections for the 2019-20 Council Session were held in April (during the last meeting of the 2018-19 year) to provide incoming officer leadership with a the opportunity to develop an agenda over the summer recess. Officer positions not filled during the April meeting will instead be filled during a special election in September.

Elected Council Leadership

Aldo Medina, Council Co-Chair

Kelby Stallings, Council Co-Chair

Vacant, Legislative Liaison

Vacant, Secretary

General Council Membership

Tanner Bowman, Brown County High School
Madeline Erdell, Signature School
Kyle Feldkamp, St. Joseph High School
Cole Ferguson, Indiana University – Bloomington
Eilidh MacLeod, Signature School
Nathan Mertz, Perry Meridian High School
Hayden Redelman, Bishop Chatard High School
Abby Thomas, Cathedral High School
Vanessa Zhao,  Indiana University РBloomington