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Youth Advisory Council

The Youth-Nex Youth Advisory Council is comprised of youths in grades 9-12. The goal of the Youth-Nex Youth Advisory Council is to provide youth with a platform to use their voices and develop their sense of agency through research. In addition to offering their own unique perspectives on Youth-Nex initiatives and programs, members of the Youth Advisory Council will reinforce their strengths, including autonomy, creative thinking, innovation and activism.

Youth Council Member Responsibilities

  • Committing to serving one year
  • Attending and actively participating in all scheduled monthly meetings
  • Making decisions and recommendations on Youth-Nex programs and initiatives
  • Advocating on behalf of Charlottesville City and Albemarle County students

Why Should Youth Join Our Youth Advisory Council?

Short Term Benefits

  • Build strong and lasting friendships
  • Develop soft skills (communication, teamwork, problem solving, etc.)
  • Swag bags/merchandise
  • Access to UVA and/or YN events gift cards!

Long Term Benefits

  • Develop a network of support
  • Learn about post-secondary education opportunities (career pathways, college application assistance, and connection to scholarships)

Youth Council Membership Criteria

  • Applicants must be students in grades 9-12 in Charlottesville City or Albemarle County
  • Willingness to learn and the desire to make a difference
  • Comfortable working remotely using virtual communication platforms, such as Zoom
  • All applicants will be considered regardless of race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability

Apply Now

Youth can express interest or adults can make referrals through this Youth-Nex Sign Up Form.

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Are you a youth or do you know a youth who is interested in engaging with Youth-Nex?

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