"I haven’t really had other leadership experiences outside of school. Because of that, the Teen Advisory Board differs in that it’s a voluntary group and we all want to be here. We also had more time to bond and connect."
— 17-year-old female student
Our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a great opportunity for teens interested in a meaningful volunteer opportunity to develop analytical and leadership skills. Equally important, it allows them to share their ideas about current issues facing youth and to offer input on how YouthFirst can better serve their needs.
TAB requires an academic-year commitment. Members meet two to four times monthly to discuss current programs and facilitate upcoming projects. During the meetings, they propose ideas for various projects they would like to see initiated.
Meetings are run and projects are carried out by the teens, with some help from YouthFirst staff. Each TAB member reports on his or her own subcommittee, which focuses on a specific issue: academic support, college admission preparation, social events, community service, and the like.
In the past, members of the Teen Advisory Board have: