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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NJ's Statewide Youth Advisory Boards via Rutgers

We at want to share the following opportunity to engage youth, with an information sheet included - please feel free to share as well:

Rutgers has been awarded a grant through the State to re-launch the Statewide Youth Advisory Board (YABs) program for young people between the ages of 14 and 22 who have been or are involved with DCF or DCP&P. There will be 15 YABs in total that are spread out throughout the state. They are an awesome way for young people who have been or are still involved with DCF to develop skills, participate in fun activities, and improve experiences for other youth. The meetings serve as a safe space for young people to come to and share their experiences and discuss how the system can be improved. Along the way, they will also receive trainings and have the opportunity to join in a variety of activities that will allow them to network with other youth and professionals.

Click here to download a FAQ page about the YABs (PDF)

Also, just a few more perks to get them excited about potentially becoming a member is that within each county’s YAB, there will be 4 paid officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). The YAB meetings will be held twice a month after school hours and will also have food and we can give the youth train or bus tickets to get there.

We basically want to see them grow personally and professionally and plan on doing everything we can to help nurture that growth. There will be skills trainings, enrichment activities, and community service events throughout the year for them to look forward to. They will even have the chance to make policy suggestions to the DCF!