CCYS is establishing a Youth Advisory Council who will collaborate with staff members to inform agency policies, procedures and outreach efforts. The inaugural Youth Advisory Council will be charged with the task of offering a youth-centered approach for CCYS, in addition to conducting a service project of their choosing and volunteering alongside CCYS in the community. Having a youth-centered approach is vital, as it will not only ensure that CCYS is providing the best possible care to youth and families receiving services but also help the agency do so in a way that appeals to our clients. Members of the Youth Advisory Council will be invited to volunteer at CCYS events such as our annual Sleep Out, Family Appreciation Event, Breakfast Outreach and Meals on Wheels outreach throughout their service year. This will allow youth an opportunity to experience our mission firsthand while learning how CCYS impacts the lives of their peers. Furthermore, it will give youth the necessary knowledge to provide feedback on the many program and services at CCYS.
The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of a diverse group of students ages 12-21, who attend either a Leon County School, are homeschooled or enrolled in a Tallahassee college or University. Members will meet bi-monthly during their service year to discuss an array of topics including diversity, community engagement, and activism. Youth Advisory Council Members will also hear from various guest speakers including CCYS staff, board members and community leaders during their service year in efforts of helping YAC members develop skills such as leadership, teamwork, and self-awareness.
At the end of the service year, CCYS will offer two $500.00 scholarships to members selected by their peers and staff members. Members will also vote to nominate their peers for various awards to be given out at the end of the year. Youth will be invited to serve an additional year if they choose.
Funded by Tallahassee, FL (September 2018)