Creating Youth Advisory Councils

This resource was developed by adults and youth to:

  • Provide a “how-to” guide for starting a youth advisory council
  • Share resources and lessons learned
  • Empower and inspire schools and districts to develop youth engagement opportunities

This guide is for elementary, secondary, and district-level councils.




Youth advisory councils create an opportunity to build leadership skills for youth and can focus on an endless number of topics. However, the topic of health can be a conduit to a broader experience to implement skills that go beyond the individual and the school. The council’s impact could ultimately contribute to the health of surrounding communities.

Listen in as representatives from CEI, Colorado school districts and Kaiser Permanente discuss outcomes and benefits related to youth engagement. This webinar features study results, steps to create a youth advisory council, success stories, and resources.


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