Bringing Student Engagement to the Forefront of School-Based Health Care
The School-Based Health Alliance’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was launched in 2013 as part of our ongoing efforts to support the youth voice in school-based health care. YAC is comprised of high school and college students and focuses on leadership, advocacy, and service aimed at the promotion of school-based health care at a national level.
Join the Youth Advisory Council
Youth ages 16 and older who have current or prior access to an school-based health center (SBHC), work to address health care issues affecting young people, and are passionate about school-based health care are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Responsibilities of the Youth Advisory Council
The primary responsibilities of YAC members are to develop and implement strategies to promote health literacy to other youth nationwide and to share the youth perspective on health issues with adults. Strategies may include, but are not limited to:
- writing a monthly blog on important adolescent health topics;
- assisting with the creation of youth-focused content for the Alliance’s current initiative;
- conducting trainings in partnership with Alliance staff, such as through webinars and workshops at the annual convention;
- developing and attending the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program at the School-Based Health Care Annual Convention;
- participating in weekly council meetings and monthly Alliance meetings held virtually;
- building connections with and maintaining a network of youth passionate about school-based health; and
- promoting the YAC through social media
Benefits of Youth Advisory Council
- Increased knowledge about key public health policies and programs.
- Exposure to a broad range of professionals in the fields of healthcare and public health.
- Create and lead advocacy efforts to influence the health care of youth throughout the U.S.
- Strengthened writing skills by developing blogs, essays, and letters to the editor.
- Access to scholarship funds to attend the annual convention.
- Involvement in the promotion of school-based health care at a national level.