Apply for a position on the Youth Advisory Board

Come join the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide (NCPYS)!

The NCPYS Youth Advisory Board will provide feedback to NCPYS about programs, new initiatives, educational materials, and outreach. NCPYS wants to hear your voice as we work toward our goal of preventing youth suicide. Come help us!

Note: The YAB is different from the similarly-named Youth Advisory Councils. The YAB does not administer grants or authorize budget expenditures; our focus is on programs, education, and marketing.

 Why Join the Youth Advisory Board?

The NCPYS Youth Advisory Board helps ensure we are reaching youth in a relevant way.


As a YAB member, you would be responsible for:

  • Reviewing NCPYS materials to help us effectively communicate with other teens;

  • Responding to opinion surveys;

  • Participating in meetings*;

  • Sharing ideas for campaign outreach and general marketing;

  • Being a spokesperson about suicide prevention among your peers (we will train you!); and

  • Assisting us with outreach for events, campaigns and programs.

  • Sharing announcements, etc. via social media.

 *Estimated 4 quarterly remote meetings a year.


YAB members should be prepared to:

  • Keep in regular contact with NCPYS staff and respond to requests in a timely manner;

  • Provide notice in advance if you must miss a meeting;

  • Participate in quarterly YAB meetings, held via conference call or video call; and

  • Bring a positive, can-do attitude to the team and engage thoughtfully with your teammates.

 Monthly Time Commitment

Recommended: Estimated 4-5 hours a month.

 Term of Service

  • A commitment to joining the YAB means you commit to a year of service. You may serve up to two consecutive terms.

 Other Guidelines

  • We understand that life happens. If you need to withdraw from the YAB due to extenuating circumstances, we simply ask that you communicate that to us as soon as possible.

  • Survey questions vary in length in frequency. You have the option to opt out of the requirement to receive and respond to surveys.

  • We ask that you make every effort to participate in our quarterly calls. Members who miss three calls may be asked to step down in order to make room for other youth who will be able to fully participate.

You can always reach our central office at or through the address and number below.

5221 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Phone: (202) 237-2280

In addition to providing the information below, you will need to have your parent or guardian complete the Parental Consent Form and return to

Parental Consent Form

Student Consent Form

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