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The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system.

The YAB is funded by the PA Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families and is supported by the University of Pittsburgh, PA Child Welfare Resource Center.

Exemplary Initiatives are recognized for making a critical difference in the lives of youth in foster care or the child welfare system. The Youth Advisory Board was recognized because of its commitment to building qualities that help youth mitigate or eliminate risk and promote healthy development and well-being. Exemplary Initiatives exemplify the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Youth Thrive™ framework, which is built around five research-informed factors: youth resilience, social connections and concrete support in times of need, knowledge of adolescent development, cognitive and social-emotional competence in youth.


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