Join the UpStreet Youth Advisory Board

Help shape and strengthen our teen mental wellness programs! 

What is UpStreet’s Youth Advisory Board? 

UpStreet’s Youth Advisory Board empowers youth ages 16-22 to shape and strengthen our teen mental wellness programming through outreach, education, and event planning. Youth Advisory Board participants serve a one-year term, working collaboratively with their peers and our staff to ensure that UpStreet continues to reflect the needs of the youth it serves. 

Why does UpStreet need a Youth Advisory Board?  

UpStreet is for teens and young adults. Teen and young adult voices and experiences are essential to both the development and continued programming of UpStreet. We want to empower young people to advocate for themselves and their peers on issues related to mental wellness.   

How do I know if I’m a good fit for the Youth Advisory Board?  

  • Are you between the ages of 16-22 and passionate about youth mental health? 
  • Do you want to create change in the way mental health services are delivered and accessed by young people? 
  • Do you have lived experience around the intersections of mental health and race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and/or disability? 
If you answered yes to these questions, you may be perfect for the UpStreet Youth Advisory Board (YAB)! 

What are Youth Advisory Board members expected to do?  

  • Attend one YAB meeting each month 
  • Attend one outreach, drop-in space, or programs committee meeting each month 
  • Help develop outreach and social media content 
  • Represent UpStreet at community events 
  • Advocate and build awareness of youth mental health in the Pittsburgh community 
  • Collaborate on the design and appearance of UpStreet 
  • Help plan special events and programs related to mental wellness

What’s the timeline?

Applications Due  –  Sunday, September 22nd

Rolling Interviews  –  Through Tuesday, October 1st

Applicants Notified  –  Friday October 11th

First Meeting & Trainings  –  Late October (exact dates TBD)

Monthly Meetings  –  TBD


Jess Gold

Jess Gold

Mentoring and Outreach Coordinator

JFCS Youth Services

About UpStreet

UpStreet is a teen mental wellness program offered by JFCS Youth Services that provides drop-in consultations with therapists, scheduled therapy appointments, text-based peer support, and support groups for teens.

UpStreet aims to reduce the stigma of seeking mental health support, to avoid escalation of symptoms to a crisis stage, and enhance teens’ quality of life.

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