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BCYF now recruiting for 2015-16 youth advisory council

August 31, 2015

Boston youth ages 14-17 (or high school seniors) are invited to apply to the BCYF Youth Advisory Council (YAC).  The youth advisory council was established in September of 2014 to serve as an advisory board to identify, discuss and inform BCYF leadership on youth issues and programming.  The mission is to instill members with the knowledge, skill and confidence to work in cooperation with local government to best serve the needs and expectations of Boston’s youth and to empower them to make positive change in their community.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families is the City of Boston’s largest human service agency operating 35 facilities across Boston.  The bulk of programs and activities at the community centers are youth-focused so the BCYF Youth Advisory Council has a role in shaping what the centers offer for young people.

As a BCYF YAC member, youth will:

  • Represent their community
  • Voice their opinion about issues affecting their community
  • Work with youth from other neighborhoods
  • Meet City officials
  • Participate in community service projects
  • Discover their own potential

The BCYF YAC serves as a link between City government and youth by identifying issues affecting youth, addressing community concerns, and designing action plans to foster change.  The YAC serves as a means for youth to have a voice in shaping the quality of life in Boston while engaging in various activities and service projects in the community.  This year, YAC members volunteered with the American Red Cross Food Pantry, helped set up and support a variety of BCYF events, worked on a project with the Department of Mental Health to create a peer lead approach to mental health awareness for teens and ended the year with a group trip to Hyannis to participate in two service learning projects on Cape Cod while learning about the area.

Interested in applying? Go to http://www.cityofboston.gov/BCYF and fill out the application.  The deadline for completed applications is Friday, September 11th.