The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is calling all youth between the ages of 13-21 to join the National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC).

Applications are now available to Canadian residents to apply to be part of the RCMP's National Youth Advisory Committee which allows youth to have a say and discuss important decisions on topics within their communities.

The deadline for applications is September 12, and those who apply before July 31 will be part of the first selection round and have a better chance of being selected.

"This is an online opportunity for youth to connect, have their say and make a difference. NYAC members interact with participants from all over the country and discuss important issues they face in their respective communities. They share their thoughts about youth crime and victimization topics and help shape RCMP programs and initiatives. NYAC members can also receive reference letters and volunteer hours in recognition of their contributions," says the media release sent out by the RCMP.

Last year, there were nine Manitobans selected to be part of the NYAC.

"Being a part of the Youth Advisory Committee challenged me to expand my thinking and really pushed me to think more deeply about things that happen every day right in front of me," says Colby, 15, from Grosse Isle.

"I joined the committee to broader my horizons. I was able to connect with youth and RCMP officers across Canada and talk about the issues and concerns I see on a daily basis. Because of my involvement on this committee, I learned about different grants I could apply for and I was able to hold a drum-making workshop with police, the Bear Clan, and youth from the inner city to help foster reconciliation and stronger community relationships," says 20-year-old Grayson from Winnipeg.

To request an application form visit the RCMP website.