What is a Youth Action Board (YAB)?

A Youth Action Board (YAB) is made up of youth and young adults who have experienced or are experiencing homelessness. This group provides leadership and guidance in partnership with adults and directors who lead services in the community to end youth and young adult homelessness in Lancaster County.

Educating the community in things like harm reduction, youth homelessness, and living in survival mode whilst managing a disability. The youth participate in events like Lititz and Lancaster PRIDE and have the opportunity to show off their creative side by selling art.

The Lancaster YAB members speak on panels and in other spaces while advocating for foster, runaway, and homeless youth resources. We work with organizations like NN4Y and Valley Youth House to apply for grants for local resources that benefit Lancaster County as a whole.

We work with organizations that share a similar mission to create lasting change in our communities.

Mission

Ending Youth and Young Adult Homelessness by listening to the voices of young persons experiencing homelessness; advocating for services, programming and laws that will help them overcome homelessness and its stigma.  

Vision

We envision a world in which youth and young adults are able to access services without discrimination from providers or the general public, and in which anyone experiencing homelessness has access to services that support them regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, ethnicity or disability. Homelessness should be a rare brief, and non-recurring. 

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