SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board
At SafeSpace, we offer the tools to help identify issues of depression, anxiety and emotional stress that can lead to negative outcomes. We’ve found that schools are overwhelmed with mental health issues of teens, and as much as they try, at times they are challenged to offer the right early intervention or prevention programs. That’s why SafeSpace has made partnering with schools a critical part of our strategy.
At SafeSpace, we listen to youth, and take their advice. Students on our Youth Advisory Board advise us on everything from the staff we hire and art for the walls to our brand and message.
The SafeSpace Youth Advisory board (SYAB) is made up of a diverse group of young people of varying ages, genders and cultural backgrounds. The group represents the schools we serve to ensure young people's voices and opinions remain front and center. They are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people and want to become advocates for youth mental health.
The SYAB is a concept borrowed from Australia’s ‘headspace’, a proven national mental health foundation. Youth advisors help us better understand pressing youth needs, and mental health issues they see among their peers or as some of our ‘teen advisors’ say – their squad.