Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Public Health Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a program where teens (ages 14-18) from diverse backgrounds in Maricopa County can meet to provide their unique perspectives on different healthcare topics to structure public health programming. In addition, it allows them to participate in a government-level program during the academic year. 

Youth impacted by public health issues such as access to health care, tobacco use, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ youth are strongly encouraged to apply

YAC promotes positive outcomes for participants by fostering positive relationships in a supportive environment and building their leadership skills. For example, current and past members have increased advocacy for their communities and growth in their self-confidence and youth resiliency.

YAC hopes to expand those opportunities into public health internships, volunteer hours, advocacy work, college readiness, and leadership.

Apply Now

We are now accepting applications for 2023-2024. Applications will close on May 26, 2023.

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  • Be 14-18 years old
  • Have an interest in learning about Public Health 
  • Open to build new skills sets
  • Increase your ability to advocate 
  • Be interested in collaborating with community partners

Benefits of the program

  • Advocate for your community 
  • Raise awareness of important health issues impacting youth
  • Develop and lead projects that can help make impact in your community
  • Work with Public Health staff and department programs to advise and make appropriate recommendations on health issues impacting youth, learn how to make improvements and help guide current and future youth programs.
  • Advocate for policy change where needed
  • Work experience and leadership opportunities
  • Youth can receive incentives for their participation


For questions or more information, contact: 

Maricopa County Department of Public Health Office of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (OTPC) & Child and Maternal Health cooperatively facilitate the Youth Advisory Council.