Loveisrespect is looking for new members to join our National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB)! So your first question probably is: what is the board? The NYAB consists of individuals between 12-24 years old that work together to stop teen dating abuse. Members meet over the phone to learn about activism, discuss projects they’re doing in their community and plan events. They are all spreading the word about teen dating violence and how to stop it.
If you work to stop violence in your school or society, the NYAB is a place for you! Come connect and work with like-minded people nationwide — apply online.
Requirements include attending an annual conference and monthly conference calls. In addition, NYAB members are expected to complete at least 20 community-service hours a year on preventing dating abuse. You can organize your own event, lead the ones the board comes up with or participate with a local group addressing the issue. In addition, there are also action items after the monthly calls.
But don’t take our word for it. Here are some quotes from current NYAB leadership:
Being on the NYAB has been such an amazing experience. Since we have started this board, we have grown and learned so much. Being from Wyoming, there wasn’t much involvement with this issue around here and being on the NYAB has allowed me to connect with others that are doing the same thing. I have also learned a lot of information, different things to do in my community and have had the chance to represent Loveisrespect. Not only does the NYAB strive to stop such a big issue, but you also get to meet new people and work with people from everywhere. It is a cool experience working with other people from across the country and seeing how many people that it can reach. I have found being on the NYAB very helpful for me to expand and keep working against teen dating abuse.
-Haylee Reay, NYAB Advocacy Committee Co-lead & Executive Committee Member
Being a Youth Advisory Board Member for Loveisrespect has given me the great resource of the website to introduce through my advocacy work in my own community, but even more than that it has given me connection with a couple dozen other activists who are actively working toward a world free of dating violence. I have had an amazing experience in my past year as a board member and I cannot wait to see the amazing things we will do in the next year and the years to come.
-Melissa Siegel, NYAB Chair, Advocacy Committee Co-lead & Executive Committee Member
The Board is a place for young people with the drive to catalyze positive change. If you have been touched by domestic violence at any point in your life and have the passion to do the work, the Board will give you the opportunity and the resources to create widespread positive change. I went from local community outreach to national influence when I got involved with the Board. You meet incredible individuals each of whom work tirelessly as advocates in their hometowns. They at first are strangers, but you find the members are all united behind the same cause and same desire to be a voice for victims who feel silenced. Our bond will only strengthen when we meet for our next annual conference. We are all thrilled to welcome new voices to the Board. I started at age sixteen and now, almost two years later, I co-lead the Interactive Committee. Here you are only limited by the degree of your ambition to be involved.
-Nicole DeSario, NYAB Interactive Committee Co-lead & Executive Committee Member