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Section 8. Including Youth on Your Board, Commission, or Committee

Example #1: Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC)

BSAC logo


The Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) is a citywide body of elected student leaders representing most BPS high schools. BSAC organizers work to identify and address pertinent student issues, thereby putting students at the center of the decisions that affect them the most. BSAC acts as the student union of the district, leading organizing efforts, forging relationships with district and city-leaders, impacting policy change, and transforming school culture across the board.


Example #2: The Power of an Untapped Resource

Cover of the booklet "The Power of an Untapped Resource."


Exploring Youth Representation on Your Board or Committee. This booklet was created by an Alaskan student for any board that is interested in expanding the representation of their board, “growing their own” board members for tomorrow and/or empowering the youth in their community. From Native corporation boards, youth serving organizations and faith groups, state and local advisory councils, to the state school boards association, Alaskans are witnessing a trend – Alaskans are committed to working with youth.


Example #3: Children’s Mercy Teen Advisory Boards

Image of doctor and teenager in a doctor's office doing a high-five.

Photo credit: Children's Mercy, Kansas City.


Children’s Mercy started the Teen Advisory Board with the goal of improving Children's Mercy for all patients - especially teens.

The purpose of TAB:

  • To provide Children's Mercy with a patient advisory board representing various ages, backgrounds and communities.
  • To give an opportunity for a representative group of patients to express concerns, ideas and suggestions.
  • To have Children's Mercy staff listen and support the TAB.
  • To give teen ideas to the Children's Mercy Hospital's Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer.

Learn about accomplishments of the Teen Advisory Board. View the bylaws.