American SPCC Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of the American Society for the Positive Care of Children (American SPCC) was established to ensure our organization is guided by youth perspectives and priorities. Providing a formal platform to elevate youth voices serves our mission and promotes youth-driven solutions locally, regionally, and nationally. Through youth-led activism and community service opportunities, the YAB inspires youth involvement in shaping our goals, policies, and programs. Meet our current Youth Advisory Board members.
The YAB consists of five to twelve members selected for their leadership and service informed by children’s and youth concerns related to child abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Some members of this diverse Board are students at Portland area and other high schools and other members attend local community colleges or four-year universities.
The Youth Advisory Board members have a strong interest in addressing youth and child issues, especially as it relates to child abuse, foster care, homelessness, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children—these are their policy priorities.
The YAB will continue to be engaged in educational outreach and activities to prevent and reduce the myriad forms of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation in our society.
The Youth Advisory Board collected almost 700 pairs of socks of the 20,000 pairs taken to Salem (March 11, 2015) for a rally on youth homelessness on the legislature’s steps and for donation to the 20,000 homeless children throughout the state.
Dropping 20k socks at Capitol for Oregon’s homeless students
American SPCC’s Youth Advisory Board members, Avital and Clare, were featured on KATU TV the day prior to dropping or the socks, talking about Oregon Housing Alliance’s 20,000 socks drive, and how socks can help child homelessness, housing, and human trafficking in Oregon.