YAB: Pennsylvania Youth Advisory

The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. The YAB is funded by the PA Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families and is supported by the University of Pittsburgh, PA Child Welfare Resource Center. Each regional YAB is led by youth officers and at least one staff regional YAB coordinator. Activities are focused on youth and alumni of YAB creating positive change in the child welfare system by training caseworkers, administrators, foster parents, supervisors, judges, and guardians ad litem on issues of importance to older youth and alumni; Developing recommendations related to policies and procedures affecting youth in care;