Childhelp Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is proud to introduce the members of the inaugural Youth Advisory Committee. The Childhelp Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) has brought together a group of young adults, aged 18-24, with diverse abilities, gender identities, and cultural backgrounds from across the United States to provide valuable input and feedback to hotline services. YAC members provide a voice about the most helpful ways Childhelp can reach and work with youth who have experienced maltreatment and/or trauma. Meet our members below and find out why they chose to join the Childhelp Youth Advisory Committee.
MEET OUR CURRENT MEMBERS
Lauren was inspired to join the Childhelp Advisory Board because she believes that every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect. Through her experience working in the nonprofit development world for organizations such as Youth Centers and Homeless Shelters, she has gained a wide array of knowledge and information that she wanted to use to assist Childhelp in their mission to protect children from abuse. Lauren believes that early intervention is critical for victims in abusive circumstances, so through the Advisory Board, she can aid Childhelp in reviewing their crisis hotline system and the resources that they provide to youth. She thoroughly enjoys being a member of the Advisory Board and encourages others to get involved with their local organizations that work with youth to make a positive impact on their community.
I joined the YAC to help make sure that other kids who have been through hard things receive the best care possible when they come to Childhelp. I am intimately aware of the critical role Childhelp serves for maltreated youth, and I will be forever grateful to be able to give back to that mission.
I want to be a factor in helping existing resources for youth like Childhelp become more youth focused. I want to be a voice for the youth that feels like they aren’t being heard and bridge the connection between younger and the older generations. As a youth myself, I want to use my knowledge, experience, and resources to help guide organizations that help youth to be successful.
I joined because I have had experiences with being abused, and I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself, at the benefit of those who are most innocent and deserving of love. Help is out there, I am glad that I am still here to be able to help others.
My past experiences will never change but I can make a difference by using my input to help others.
To make a difference for children in bad situations.