youth of color gather around a tarp to mix paint for a street mural

The Youth Advisory Board serves to uplift the lived experiences and voices of youth across Multnomah County. We are youth ages 10-19 who strive to make long-lasting changes in our communities. We work on youth-lead projects focused on violence prevention, with support from the Health Department’s Community Adolescent Health program.

YAB is great way to make a difference in your community and meet new people. You’ll gain project management experience, leadership skills and learn about public health.


We meet virtually during the school year and through summer on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. We choose projects and set a schedule that works for us.

The opportunities are great, as together we decide what it is we would like to see happen in our communities.

At the end of each season we get together for our Youth Summit to celebrate our accomplishments.

Youth receive gift cards for participating.

Projects We Have Worked On

  • Racism Is a Public Health Crisis video
  • Providing youth voice to the Violence Prevention Community Advisory Board
  • Park clean ups
  • Community safety assessments
  • Youth summit

How to Join

Open to youth ages 10-19 who are enrolled in any school in Multnomah County.

Applications for the 20 available spots are accepted each fall. These are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't wait to sign up!

No prior experience required. Time commitment is 6 months to a year.

Ready to join? Complete our Youth Advisory Board Interest Form and we'll contact you.

Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Contact Us

Community & Adolescent Health,