About TNOYS’ Young Adult Leadership Council

The Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) is TNOYS’ flagship leadership development program for young people ages 16 – 25 who have lived experience with systems such as child welfare, housing and homelessness services, and juvenile justice. YALC members help guide TNOYS’ work and influence the directions of youth services across the state.

Research shows that opportunities for leadership and supportive relationships foster resilience in youth who have experienced abuse and other trauma. YALC members gain tangible skills for self-advocacy and leadership in their communities through activities such as co-hosting trainings, storytelling, and testifying at legislative hearings.

Throughout the paid, 12-month program, participants:

  • Build skills like leadership, advocacy, and professional development;
  • Collaborate with executive staff, agencies, and peer leaders;
  • Gain real-world job experience and skills;
  • Get paid $15 per hour for up to 10 hours per week.

Do you know of or work with youth and young adults who have lived experience in systems and may be a great fit for the YALC? Please email youthengagement@tnoys.org to learn more.