Youth Council

Youth Council

According to, Every year governments, foundations and individuals spend over $500 billion on efforts to improve the world as a whole. $500 billion is a lot of money, but it’s not enough to solve all the world’s problems. This means that organizations and individuals have to prioritize and pick which global problems they work on. For example, if a foundation wants to improve others’ lives as much as possible, should it focus on immigration policy, international development, scientific research or something else?

While you think about it, let us give you more on from the research. Yes, $500 billion spent each year, but only a miniscule fraction (less than 0.01%) is spent on global priorities research: efforts to work out which global problems are the most pressing to work on.

With a track record of already influencing hundreds of millions of dollars, future research into global priorities could lead to billions of dollars being spent many times more effectively. As a result, we believe this is one of the highest impact fields you can work in.

We at Sema, envision a youth generation who are proactively engaging with today’s world as a contributor rather than a complainer; motivated to learn more about the roots of the problems rather than political perspectives and; are seeking self-development opportunities to diverse their perspective, to gain empathy and to build set of practices to reach out to people in need at any part of the world. We believe in youth is the solution to some issues and we want to empower them by enlightening their path on their journey to their dreams, educating their parents and giving them voice to rise up to the challenge to tackle some of the problems

Youth Council

The Formation

Teens are engaged in experiential two-hour online sessions over six months that provide hands-on real-world leadership situations. Expert speakers and problem-solving projects help teen participants complete the program with increased knowledge of: career opportunities in the community service, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small and large group dynamics, as well as public relations and marketing The Youth Council program is sponsored by the Sema Foundation, a 501c3 organization.


The Youth Council program is free of charge to all participants.

Teens are expected to miss no more than three sessions during their term as a Youth Council member. A Certificate of Completion will be given to each teen at the conclusion of the program year.


Candidates must be 13-17 years of age and attend a public, private, parochial, charter or home school. This is a unique program for students who are interested in leadership and community service.


The Youth Council program is free of charge to all participants. The program starts in September and concludes in March. A maximum of 15 teens are selected.

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