National Youth Advisory Board and School Advisory Committee Application

Youth Advisory Board Application

Applications for 2020-2021 are now closed. Please bookmark this page and come back in March 2020. Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will be recruiting up to 10 Youth Advisory Board Members and their Adult Champions to serve on the 2021-2022 Youth Advisory Board and School Advisory Committee. This is a competitive application and the chosen candidates, along with their adult advisors, will play a key role in informing Sandy Hook Promise’s student and school engagement, as well as representing Sandy Hook Promise at key events.

This outlines the purpose, goals, expectations and qualifications for the Youth Advisory Board and School Advisory Committee. It also includes important background information about SAVE Promise Clubs and Sandy Hook Promise that the applicant should be familiar with.


  • The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) exists to empower, educate and engage a core group of youth to serve as the national voice of SAVE Promise Clubs and Sandy Hook Promise. The YAB has been a best practice for SAVE for 20+ years and enables SAVE activities be youth led and owned.
  • The Adult Advisors will support their YAB members, as well as provide insight and feedback on SHP programs and best practices for sustainability, school outreach and engagement as part of the School Advisory Committee (SAC).


Together, the goals of the YAB and the SAC are to:

  • Train a core group of youth and Adult Advisors in Sandy Hook Promise mission and programs.
  • Engage youth and adults as a voice of SHP when called upon for special activities, events and requests.
  • Engage the youth in planning activities for SAVE Promise Clubs for the 2020-2021 school year, including Start with Hello Week, Say Something Week and National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
  • Inform school and educator engagement and program feedback and input.
  • Inform SHP Programs, Action Weeks, and outreach.
  • Ensure that SHP has a direct connect to the youth in our programs, and that SHP is listening to youth’s needs and goals.
  • Assist in the annual SAVE Youth Summit planning and provide breakout sessions at the Summit to keep the Summit youth led and centered.
  • Collect and inform on best practices for SAVE Promise Club delivery of the Start with Hello and Say Something

YAB and Adult Advisor Application Process:

Applying for the National YAB and SAC consists of 2 rounds of application processing. Please return in March 2021 for details. 

YAB Qualifications:

  • Will be in high school (grades 9 – 12) during the 2021-2022 school year. Returning YAB applicants are given priority for senior positions.
  • Must be an actively engaged member of an existing SAVE Promise Club (leadership experience in the club preferred).
  • Have experience with Sandy Hook’s Say Something and Start With Hello
  • Committed to preventing violence and protecting youth in their schools and communities.
  • Exemplify the ideals and principles of SAVE Promise Clubs in all aspects of life.
  • Creative, energetic, and focused on safety and violence prevention efforts through their SAVE Promise Clubs and Sandy Hook Promise.
  • Gain the sponsorship/support of their Adult Advisor who is willing and able to support the YAB and travel with the YAB member to the Summer Planning Session, Winter Planning Session and Annual SAVE Youth Summit.

Selected YAB Board Members will be required to:

  • Participate in conference calls throughout the year
  • Attend a National Youth Leadership Institute 
  • Attend a mid-year planning retreat
  • Participate in planning, speaking and presenting at the Annual SAVE Youth Summit
  • Work independently on assignments throughout the year including answering a Question of the Month and writing articles for the SAVE Promise Club newsletter.
  • Serve as the national youth voice for Sandy Hook Promise and SAVE Promise Clubs.
  • Assist in creating a calendar of activities for SAVE Promise Clubs.
  • Assist in planning and participating in national awareness activities throughout the year including activities Say Something week, National SAVE Day, Start with Hello week, and National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
  • Organize Say Something and Start with Hello week activities and events within your school and district.
  • Work to strengthen your own SAVE Promise Club while working in your local area to aid other clubs and establish new clubs.
  • Exemplify leadership skills and positive character traits to represent the SAVE Promise Clubs and Sandy Hook Promise across the country.
  • The Adult Advisor must be willing to support their YAB member, implement and support SAVE Promise Club activities and SHP’s Know The Signs programs, and be willing to share best practices to inform SHP’s program implementation, as well as SHP’s engagement with schools and educators.

*Airfare, meals, and lodging associated with leadership institute, midyear retreat and the Summit will be covered by Sandy Hook Promise.   

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. This includes our work in school districts, government agencies and communities.