Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a youth-led, peer leadership development initiative for former or current youth in foster care, ages 14-25. Meetings are held in our office on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6pm-8pm.


The YAB Peer Mentoring Program begins April 2019. This Mentoring Program will utilize the strengths and knowledge of our YAB members to connect and work with high school seniors and college-enrolled youth in care or aged out to ensure college access and success. 

The YAB Peer Mentoring program will pair Mentees (high school juniors, high school seniors and newly enrolled college students) with Mentors; (Upperclassmen and recent college graduates) with the goals of

  1. Providing guidance for youth in care or formerly in care needed to successfully enter and graduate from college; and
  2. Offering a unique opportunity to Youth Advisory Board members to gain leadership skills they can use in their life and future career.


Through the YAB Peer Mentoring Program, we will be building on our existing concept of “family” by formalizing the mentoring and peer support that exist organically within the YAB. Peers are the strongest source of influence and Peer Mentoring is enhanced when the mentee can identify with the mentor.

Mentors that are selected to participate will become Certified Peer Educators. Mentor Training will take place: Tuesday April 23, 2019 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday April 24, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00pm and Thursday, April 25, 2019 5pm-6pm. 

A Mentee Info session will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 5pm-6pm. 

 All Mentors and Mentees will receive stipends and a 2-trip MetroCard at each meeting.  

Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee here:


Pictured here are a few of the most dedicated members of the YAB. We are so proud of these young people for their commitment to bettering the outcomes for NYC’s youth in foster care.

The group comes together every month to:

  • Create community and provide support;
  • Fight stigma and change public perception of the foster care system;
  • Participate in a variety of workshops (ranging from financial literacy coaching, to basic life skills training, to personal branding, and more); and
  • Advocate for change in areas that have the greatest impact on their transition into independent adulthood, such as improving and expanding access to affordable housing, finding a pathway to post-secondary opportunities and securing funding for college.


Questions? Interested in checking out a meeting?

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