Establishing a Youth Advisory Committee
Remember that the purpose of a Youth Advisory Committee
is to increase communication and collaboration
between youth and adults. Itís about sharing and ensuring
that youth have a voice within their services and community.
After all youth are the future and they should be encouraged
to take an active role in the
world they live in.
Eligibility Requirements, membership size and age limits
of Sr. and Jr. YAC
To be drawn up by TAC
To be drawn up by TAC
Youth committee Qualities:
Non-judgmental - Committed - dedicated - Motivated - Respectful
Honest - Loyal - Creative - Team player - Aware of Community
Who should be on your youth committee?
What does a Youth advisory committee look like? Where
are members coming from? What do they care about?
Are they involved with lots of groups or clubs? Maybe they
have talents and skills you donít
know about yet.
There are so many different possibilities for selecting your
committee members and itís a good idea to try to
narrow down some options while still allowing for plenty of
diversity in your team. First you must decide who is
the right fit for your committee!
Points of consideration:
Academic Requirements for Junior Committe applicants
Leadership and Service Experience
As you craft the agenda, remember that the orientation is
also meant for committee members to get to know
each other and start feeling comfortable in their new roles.
They might be nervous or shy, so while the meeting should
be orderly, it should also be fun and welcoming. Start with
icebreakers that will let everyone share things about themselves,
and that will also get them to start thinking about the importance
of themes that will come up later in the orientation, like
teamwork, responsibility, and respect.
you craft the agenda, remember that committee members will
get to know each other and start feeling comfortable in their
new roles. While the meeting should be orderly, it should
also be fun. Start with icebreakers that will let everyone
share things about themselves, and that will also get them
to start thinking about the importance of themes that will
come up later in the orientation, like teamwork, responsibility,
For many meetings to come, your members will be making decisions
that impact other members as well as the committee. In order
for the committee to be successful, each committee member
needs to be respectful of each otherís opinions and ideas.
One way to promote this is to form a Group Agreement. The
Group Agreement is
formed based on the idea that mutual respect and understanding
are necessary for successful teamwork and
how members would like to be treated. While the discussion
about making the agreement can be facilitated by
the TAHS Board, the YAC members should generate the points
The agreement will start by asking committee members to think
about what needs to happen for them to feel like they are
respected and successful in being leaders. After discussing
their answers, the group will come up with an agreement that
each member will sign. In the future, if any committee members
feel that they are being treated unfairly, or if there are
disagreements or conflicts within the committee that are preventing
the group from moving forward, everyone will refer back to
the Group Agreement and move on together as a team.
Formatting meetings, minutes and miscellaneous items
One very important item is setting up a schedule for meetings.
The TAHS Board may make suggestions, but the youth members
should have a say in the final decision about how frequently
they have meetings, on which days, and at what times. For
example, members may agree to meet on the first and third
Tuesday evening of each month, with Saturday afternoons as
a backup time if meetings have to be canceled. Or they may
when it is more difficult to meetófor example, during winter
and summer vacation, they will meet once a month
and post updates on TustinMuseum.com and a committee blog.
Aside from scheduling meetings, the opportunity to adjust
any rules or requirements, or to take note of points
that may have been omitted from the application process. Approval
of any changes, especially changes to the commettee mission
statement, should be approved by the whole group, as well
as the TAHS Board