The Public Health Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a program where teens (ages 14-18) from diverse backgrounds in Maricopa County can meet to provide their unique perspectives on different healthcare topics to structure public health programming. In addition, it allows them to participate in a government-level program during the academic year.
The 2023-2024 applications are now closed. Please keep an eye out for next year's application in May 2024.
Who should apply?
Youth impacted by public health issues such as access to health care, tobacco use, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ youth are strongly encouraged to apply when the recruitment period opens. You must be 14-18 years old to apply.
It also helps if you:
Have an interest in learning about Public Health
Are open to building new skills sets
Want to increase your ability to advocate
Are interested in collaborating with community partners
Benefits of the program
YAC promotes positive outcomes for participants by fostering positive relationships in a supportive environment and building their leadership skills. For example, current and past members have increased advocacy for their communities and growth in their self-confidence and youth resiliency. The hope is to expand those opportunities into public health internships, volunteer hours, advocacy work, college readiness, and leadership.
Advocate for your community
Raise awareness of important health issues impacting youth
Develop and lead projects that can help make impact in your community
Work with Public Health staff and department programs to advise and make appropriate recommendations on health issues impacting youth, learn how to make improvements and help guide current and future youth programs.
Advocate for policy change where needed
Work experience and leadership opportunities
Youth can receive incentives for their participation
What Participants Say About YAC
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