Youth Advisory Council

Bringing Student Engagement to the Forefront of School-Based Health Care

School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council (YAC)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.

Meet our Youth Advisory Council.

Join the Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council Eligibility

Youth ages 16 and older who have current or prior access to a school-based health center (SBHC), or extensive knowledge of school-based health center, work to address health care issues affecting young people, and are passionate about school-based health care are eligible to apply. 

Responsibilities of the Youth Advisory Council

The primary responsibilities of YAC members are to develop and implement strategies for youth leadership development 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 initiatives; 
  • conducting trainings in partnership with Alliance staff 
  • creating and delivering webinars and workshops at the annual convention; 
  • developing and attending the ‘Be the Change’ Youth Training Program at the National School-Based Health Care Convention; 
  • participating in bi-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 health topics, 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. 
  • Form and maintain friendships and connections with young people who are passionate about youth-led education and awareness.
How to Apply

Complete the application available here. The application deadline is Thursday, February 28, at 11:59pm.  Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by email on Friday, March 8, 2019; you must be available to interview during the weeks of March 11th and 18th.  Interview candidates selected to join the Youth Advisory Council will be notified via email by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Please Note: Serving on the Youth Advisory Council requires, at a minimum, annual travel.  While an adult chaperone will be onsite and present at all times, YAC members typically travel solo. Applicants (especially those under 18) should secure permission from their parent(s)/guardian(s) for solo traveling prior to submitting an application.