Let your actions be louder than words.

The application to become a member of the 2018 – 2019 Governor’s Youth Commission is now open. We will be accepting applications now through July 31st, at 3:00 pm. Join the Governor’s Youth Commission!


The Governor's Youth Commission engages youth throughout Arizona to help solve the greatest challenges facing teens. 

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Substance Abuse Committee

Respect yourself!  Be drug free.  

This is the message the Governor’s Youth Commission (GYC) wants everyone to hear. Did you know that 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem start smoking, drinking or using drugs before age 18? The GYC from all of Arizona’s fifteen counties united youth across the state during Red Ribbon Week last October. They encouraged as many people as possible to tweet using the hashtags #RedRibbonAZ, #RedRibbonWeek, and #BeSeenBeHeardAZ, promoting a drug free Arizona. The GYC also developed five public service announcements in partnership with COX Communications that focused on the “I’ve Got Something Better” campaign. This is a statewide marketing campaign encouraging youth to have better things to do than use drugs! The PSAs are currently airing on COX Cable 7 and are available to middle and high schools across throughout the state. You can view them now on this website under the Share tab. Please join our movement at

The GYC will also promote local events for National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-28, 2018.

Stay tuned for Hooked II, a documentary covering the heroin epidemic in Arizona and its effect on the generation of young people,

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