S.D. Voices for Children seeks council applications South Dakota Voices for Children is seeking candidates from across the state for its Youth Advisory Council. These teen volunteers represent the diversity of the South Dakota — urban, rural and reservation communities and public, private and home schooled. Youth advisory council members, who must be entering the 9th, 10th or 11th grade in fall 2009, generally serve through their senior year. Council members offer insight about young people's viewpoints, assist in developing Voices' policy agenda and advocate on behalf of children — including testifying before the Legislature and participating in news conferences. Members of the youth advisory council attend a two-day summer retreat (June 11-12) in Pierre and come together for three additional quarterly meetings. Travel stipends are provided by South Dakota Voices for Children. Application forms are available at www.sdvoicesforchildren.org or by calling South Dakota Voices for Children at 605 367-9667. Questions may be directed to Betsy Rice, communications specialist, at that number. Nominations must be postmarked or delivered by March 27 to the office of South Dakota Voices for Children, 808 N. West Avenue, Box 2196, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-2196. Typewritten applications may be faxed to 605 335-3836. The mission of South Dakota Voices for Children is to improve the lives of children through policy and program advocacy.