For Youth and Young Adults
As a young person, YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Your experiences with the New York City education system, mental health providers, foster care, juvenile justice, and other child-serving systems give you special insights into what works, what doesn’t work, and what can be improved. We need you to share your voice so that we can support advocacy efforts to ensure that all child and youth-serving systems are meeting the needs of those who are being served by them. Your voice and input will inform policymakers and community service providers about the challenges and barriers to providing the best supportive programs for NYC/NYS children and young adults.
Be part of the solution!
- Join our Youth Advisory Council!
- Meetings are held EVERY Monday from 5 pm to 6 pm ONLINE via Zoom! Our calendar, with current Zoom registration links, can be found here.
- The YAC Peer Leaders’ mission:
- The CCSI YAC is a space created FOR YOUTH, BY YOUTH for those aged 16 to 30 with a variety of lived experience in systems: mental and behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and others. We exist so that we can give feedback and critiques to systems, announce what isn’t working, and to solve problems collectively. The YAC collaborates with city and state leaders and community supporters to improve the life and situations faced by youth in mental and emotional health systems.
- Download & Share: CCSI-NYC YAC Flyer 2021-2022_v1
- Attend a Borough Based Council meeting
- Join Youth Power! YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults. They work to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive. They ensure the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities. They can help you get the official Youth Peer Advocate credential if you have lived experience with a social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenge.
- Share resources and events with CCSI members