The Pittsburgh Cares Youth Advisory Council is a leadership development program comprised of a caring group of diverse, talented, and civic-minded youth that are committed to creating positive social change in their schools and community. YAC members volunteer together, learn together, and complete individual capstone projects during their term. YAC members serve as youth ambassadors, acting as the voice for youth within Pittsburgh Cares and the community while inspiring others to do the same. 

Youth Advisory Council Benefits: 

  • Platform to voice matters and concerns important to young people
  • Participate in decision making processes for the betterment of Pittsburgh Cares and the community
  • Personal and professional development opportunities, including recommendations for higher education and/or employment
  • Opportunities to participate in trainings and workshops provided by Pittsburgh Cares and partner agencies
  • Networking opportunities with other youth leaders, nonprofit professionals, and civic leaders
  • Scholarship opportunity for seniors

The Youth Advisory Council Application Consists of two (2) parts (linked below). Both must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, July 31, 2021 (11:59pm EST) to be considered and move to the interview process.

  1. Member Application

  2. Nomination 

Prior to applying, please review the YAC member requirements listed below. More detailed information about monthly meeting schedules and YAC responsibilities will be discussed during the interview process.

All YAC members are required to:

  • be a high school student (9th-12th grade) and attend a school within Allegheny County
  • have a true interest in addressing community needs through volunteering
  • show evidence of creative ability and thinking outside the box
  • be able to devote an average of three hours a week to YAC activities and work
  • be able to attend meetings twice per month
  • attend monthly volunteer events
  • complete individual assignments including a service project


Questions about the Youth Advisory Council or member responsibilities? Email