Youth Development Council, Illinois

Board and Commission Details


The purpose of the Council is to provide oversight and coordination to the State's public funds currently invested to support positive youth development programs and activities and to set systemwide policies and priorities to accomplish the following 5 major objectives: (i) set afterschool program expansion priorities, such as addressing gaps in programming for specific ages and populations; (ii) create outcome measures and require all afterschool programs to be evaluated to ensure that outcomes are being met; (iii) oversee the establishment of a statewide program improvement system that provides technical assistance and capacity building to increase program participation and quality systemwide; (iv) monitor and assess afterschool program quality through outcome measures; and (v) establish State policy to support the attainment of outcomes.


The Council may establish a defined length of term for membership on the Council.

Senate Confirmation



Governance. The Illinois Youth Development Council shall reflect the regional, racial, socioeconomic, and cultural diversity of the State to ensure representation of theneeds of all Illinois youth.


The Council shall be composed of no less than 28 and no more than 32 members; The Council shall include representation from both public and private organizations comprised of the following; Four members of the General Assembly; 1 appointed by the President of the Senate; 1 appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 1 appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and; 1 appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; The chief administrators of the following State agencies; Department of Human Services; Illinois State Board of Education; Department of Children and Family Services; Department of Public Health; Department of Juvenile Justice; Department of Healthcare and Family Services; Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; Illinois Board of Higher Education, and; Illinois Community College Board; The Chair of the Illinois Workforce Investment Board; Executive Director of the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority; The following Council members shall be appointed by the Governor; 2 officials from a unit of local government; At least 3 representatives of direct youth service providers and faith-based providers; Three young people who are between the ages of 16 and 21 and who are members of the Youth Advisory Group; Two parents of children between the ages of 6 and 19; 1 academic researcher in the field of youth development; Additional public members that include local government stakeholders and nongovernmental stakeholders with an interest in youth development and afterschool programs; including representation from the following private sector fields and constituencies: child and youth advocacy; children and youth with special needs; child and adolescent health; business; and law enforcement.


325 ILCS 27/15

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Sinksi, David 11/30/2011 Governor Member Cook
Nevels, Malik 11/30/2011 Governor Member Cook
Torres, Jose 11/30/2011 Governor Member Kane
Peace, Curtis 11/30/2011 Governor Member Cook
VACANT Senate President Member
Fowler, Dale 04/01/2021 Senate Minority Leader Member
Mitchell, Melissa 05/03/2012 Governor Member Cook
Durbin, Andrea 05/03/2012 Governor Member Cook
Williams, Michael 05/03/2012 Governor Member Winnebago
Francken, Atticus 11/30/2011 Governor Member McLean
Ostro, Ginger Statute Ex-Officio, IBHE
Allen, Kristin 11/30/2011 Governor Member Sangamon
Mulhall, Peter 11/30/2011 Governor Member Champaign
VACANT Statute Ex-Officio, IVPA
Whitehorn, Lizzy Statute Ex-Officio, DHFS
Gordon, Jehan 05/04/2011 Speaker of the House Member State Representative
Rose, Raymond 11/30/2011 Governor Member Lake
Durham, Brian Statute Ex-Officio, ICCB
Richards, Kristin Statute Ex-Officio, DCEO
Mueller, Heidi Statute Ex-Officio, DJJ
Mueller, Heidi Statute Ex-Officio, DCFS
Sanders, Tony Statute Ex-Officio, ISBE
Quintero, Dulce Statute Ex-Officio, DHS
VACANT House Minority Leader
Ryg, Kathy 11/30/2011 Governor Member Lake
Amaal Tokars Statute Ex-Officio, IDPH