New in 2019, the BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will provide perspective and input to BRIDGES’ adult staff in order to help shape the direction of the Bridge Builders program and the organization as a whole. The focus of the YAB is to strengthen and uphold the vision and mission of BRIDGES and to provide insight, share decision-making responsibilities, and increase youth voice internally.

YAB members will be Bridge Builders who demonstrate a deep commitment to mission and values of BRIDGES, are curious about how the organization operates, and are interested in developing skills in the area of nonprofit leadership and board service.


  • Have completed at least one full year of Bridge Builders COLLABORATE
  • Are in 8th-12th grade
  • Able to attend one monthly meeting from August to May (Thursday), as well as be available for other periodic opportunities that arise throughout the year (such as interviewing potential staff hires and attending strategic planning sessions)

Interested in becoming a founding member of the BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board? Apply now! Application deadline August 23, 2019.

Grade starting in Fall 2019:
School attending in Fall 2019:

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Essay 1: Why is the inclusion of youth voice in decision making critical to upholding the values and mission of BRIDGES, and why are you interested in serving on the Youth Advisory Board?

Essay 2: Describe in detail the skills and character traits you possess that would make you an excellent candidate for the Youth Advisory Board.

Essay 3: Describe a time when you stepped up as a leader. What happened? What did you do? What did you learn from that experience?

The BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board will influence decisions including, but not limited to, the following. Please select the responsibilities you're most interested in.

Please explain why you chose the above and what you hope to contribute in those areas of responsibility.

I understand that completing this application does not guarantee selection for the BRIDGES Youth Advisory Board, and I attest that the information presented here is true and accurate.

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