Youth Advocacy Committee Application
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What is Outreach Teen and Family Services?
As an established member of our community, Outreach Teen & Family Services has been providing counseling services and programs for more than four decades, focusing on empowerment, prevention, education, and early intervention.
What is the role of the Youth Advocacy Committee?
As a member of the Youth Advocacy Committee, you will be asked to contribute ideas to engage your peers in an effort to broaden Outreach’s reach to the communities we serve and give the voices of youth a place to be heard. This group is intended to be a peer-to-peer resource for teens who are passionate about promoting mental health and wellness. There is an expectation of attendance at committee meetings each month. Two members of the committee will also serve as Junior Board members for the Board of Directors, and will be requested to report out on timely concerns/issues that may influence changes and updates to programs at Outreach. You may also be asked to co-host episodes of our youth-led monthly Podcast, “Teens Tap In.”

While regular board meetings are held September – June, the Youth Advocacy Committee will meet each month annually, while sub-committees should expect to meet at various times throughout the year.

To Apply- please complete the Youth Advocacy Committee application below:
Name (first and last): *
School Name and Grade: *
Contact Information (email and phone number): *
1. Describe “Mental Health” in three words. *
2. Do you have any experience related to mental health either personally or in the community? *
a. If yes, and you are comfortable, please tell us a little bit about it.
3. Why do you want to be a member of the Youth Advocacy Committee? *
4. Do you have any prior volunteer or advocacy experience? *
a. If yes, what did you learn?
5. What are your strengths? How will you utilize them to benefit the committee and those we serve? *
6. Have you identified a personal area of growth? *
a. If yes, what led you to this area of growth?
7. Name one of your core values; how will you apply it to this role? *
8. Are you able to commit 5-6 hours a month to being on the committee? *
9. What are your interests? How would those translate into programs that might benefit youth and mental health? *
10. What are some phrases that your friends and/or family members might use to describe you? *
Please submit application and 2 letters of recommendation from both a teacher and a personal contact (job, neighbor, church, coach) to Maggie Zangara, mzangara@outreachteen.org. Interviews will be conducted for selected candidates. 
At Outreach Teen & Family Services, we have a clear vision: to create a culture where difference is valued. Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to us. Here, everyone is welcome. We employ, train, compensate, and promote regardless of race, age, sex, religion, color, national origin, language, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected genetic information, gender identity, handicap or disability, and other protected status.

As a learning organization providing essential mental health and wellness services and programs, we strive to be as diverse as the community we serve. Outreach is fully focused on building and nurturing a workplace where inclusion is part of our everyday culture, not just an initiative; where all employees feel their individual gifts are celebrated, appreciated, and they are encouraged to be who they are.

While there is always more work to be done, and we believe that if the counseling, care, and connection that is provided by our organization hosts a diverse mix of talents, perspectives, and backgrounds, we can play a role in creating ongoing and lasting social change.
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