Youth Advisory Committee during a beach clean-up project

Youth Advisory Committee

The Children’s Trust Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), open to all Miami-Dade County high school students, serves as the youth voice of The Children's Trust. It is a leadership development program with a focus on service and advocacy, especially relating to children and families. ​


Formed in 2006, the YAC has grown each year in terms of numbers and impact. In 2018, The Trust expanded the YAC to include a total of 6 groups - YAC Central, YAC North, YAC South, YAC Far South, YAC West Kendall and YAC West. Approximately 120 youth are participating. While the groups meet monthly at separate sites, they share a common mission: to nurture the next generation of diverse change-makers by providing valuable life experience, by fostering essential character traits - responsibility, creativity, optimism, grit, among others – to create positive change within themselves, their communities and Miami-Dade County.​

In addition to regular meetings, we develop and execute service-learning projects and participate in field trips. YACers have an opportunity to attend a college tour while traveling to the Capitol in Tallahassee for Children's Week. This experience exposes YACers to the political process first-hand by meeting with legislators and hosting a townhall for youth across the state to bring to light the issues affecting their communities. For more information, email

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