What is the Youth Advisory Board?The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of youth leaders (13-24) living in King County, centering youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness/unstable housing during the course of their lives. The goal of the YAB is to inform King County Department of Community and Human Services (All Home) on how to improve services for homeless and/or unstably housed youth. Board leaders will be paid $20/hr for their work.
In early 2017, King County was awarded an ended youth homelessness demonstration grant through the federal office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Through this grant, King County will develop a Coordinated Community Plan to prevent and end youth homelessness. The YAB will participate fully in the development and implementation of this plan. This is your opportunity to make significant impact in how King County provides support to homeless and unstably housed youth and young adults.
How do I know if my experiences with unstable housing/homelessness qualify me for the board? We are prioritizing young people who have experienced homelessness and/or unstable housing, but all young people will be considered regardless of your experiences in this area. We are defining homelessness/unstable housing as any period having difficulty staying in the same place. This includes, but is not limited to the following:-Staying in a hotel for extended periods of time-Couch hopping/surfing-Regularly rotating between houses (including houses of friends and family)-Living in your (or someone else’s) car-Not being sure where you’ll stay from day to day-Sleeping on public transits, streets, or abandoned/foreclosed buildings-Staying in a place that wasn’t safe from physical/emotional harm or neglect
How will my information be used? The information in this application will be kept confidential; it is our intent to only use submissions to determine the make-up of the Youth Advisory Board – in either this round of board member selection or in future rounds. Your personally identifiable information will not be shared outside of the Northwest Network. Any information shared during the application process will be de-identified and will not be connected to your name or other personally identifying information.
How will I know if I’m selected? Once final decisions are made all applicants will be contacted whether or not you were selected. Those selected for the YAB will be contacted with the details about the position and to explain what involvement will look like. If you are not selected, we will send an email to notify you. That email will also include other incredible leadership and employment opportunities in your area.
How do I get paid?Youth are paid $20/hr for their participation in the YAB. Our primary method of payment will be by paycheck, distributed once per month. Paychecks will be mailed out on the last day of every month (usually taking 3-7 business days to arrive). In order to receive a paycheck, we will be asking people to complete W-9s. These are contractor forms and will require your full legal name and social security number. Please reach out and contact Brennon Ham at 206-568-7777, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns about your ability to complete a W-9.