What is the Youth Advisory Council?

What is the Youth Advisory Council?

Founded in 2009, the YAC (Youth Advisory Council) is comprised of high school students from Lower Merion, Harriton, Agnes Irwin, Baldwin, Barrack Academy, Haverford School, Friends Central, Kohelet Yeshiva High School, and Shipley, who come together to improve quality of life for youth in their community. YAC's mission is to establish a relationship between youth and adults to identify problems and develop solutions that benefit all sectors of our community.

YAC Accomplishments 2013-2014

  • In April, The Youth Advisory Council ran a two-day community event held at Suburban Square, dedicated to preventing distracted driving among teenagers.   This event, "Put the Brakes on Distracted Driving" was co-sponsored by StreetSafe Driving Academy and featured student driving awareness videos and distracted driving simulators.  In a recent survey done by the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), it was found that 84% of students who drove at the time they took the survey admitted to driving distracted at least once or twice in the past year This forum was conducted to address these staggering statistics.

YAC Accomplishments 2012-2013

  • Participated in and presented at "Teens Speak:  Expanding Our View of What Success Means Today" by speaking about Drugs and Alcohol use, Peer and Romantic Relationships with teens and Technology, On-line Image and Body Image.  This event enabled the community to see stress and success through the eyes of students.

YAC Accomplishments 2011-2012

  • Presented a panel discussion, "Talking Back," to parents and educators, commenting on risky behaviors raised in a recent survey of 2,200 students on the Main Line.
  • Sponsored a "Battle of the Burbs" student musical competition at Milkboy Coffeehouse in Ardmore.
  • Participated in a program to prepare parents for the "Transition to High School and Middle School."
  • Created a social media campaign to raise awareness of the new Pennsylvania "Good Samaritan" law that grants immunity to a youth who calls 911 to get medical attention for someone affected by alcohol.

YAC Accomplishments 2009-2011

  • Sponsored three "Battle of the Burbs" student musical competitions at Milkboy Coffeehouse.
  • Participated as advisers in a program to prepare parents for the "Transition to High School."
  • Promoted the safe ride home campaign: "Make the Call/Take the Call" in the community and at schools.
  • Served as a focus group to the Ardmore business association about attracting new retail, service and entertainment businesses that would appeal to youth.
  • Responsibilities
    • Engage in an open dialogue with adults who want to improve their understanding of young people.
    • Seek ideas from peers about ways to improve the quality of life for teens on the Main Line.
    • Inform fellow students about YAC activities (through Facebook, assemblies, school paper, etc.)
    • Meet as needed to plan events and activities and follow through with commitments on time.
  • Benefits
    • Help to make the Main Line a more supportive community for young people.
    • Collaborate with students from other schools.
    • An opportunity to put creative ideas into action.
    • Practice in communications and leadership skills.
    • Mentoring by professionals in a variety of fields.
    • Community service experience for college or job applications.

Students are mentored by Coalition members Carl Antisell, Renee Kalander and Stephanie Newberg, M.Ed., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., a psychotherapist and educator.

Upcoming Events

  • Make a Joyful Noise -- A Benefit Concert Sat. 27 Apr, 2019 (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm) Community Event A Benefit Concert for Box Lunch and a Book and Heart for Uganda Featuring a multi faith youth choir, mult faith young adult choir, the Three Tenors of Zion, The Hatcher and Muse Singers and JDK (Jazara Morales, Danielle Muse & Kellye Hatcher) This is a free concert sponsored by Saints Memorial Baptist Church of Bryn Mawr. All donations are greatlly appreciated and needed. Light refreshments will be served following the concert.  
  • Deeper Than Our Skins Tue. 7 May, 2019 (6:00 pm - 7:15 pm) Community Event Join us for pizza, conversation and an introduction to our first book --  a graphic novel call The Shadow Hero. Participants get a journal and a copy of the book to keep! Register online at lmls.org or by calling (610) 642-5187. The present is a conversation with the past. A racial-justice forcused discussion group for teens featuring the following books May -- The Shadow Hero June -- Dreaming in Indian July -- The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano August -- Between The World and Me 
  • Fashion and Design Show Sun. 19 May, 2019 (2:30 pm - 4:30 pm) Community Event Teen Learning Community presents the 12th Annual Student Fashion and Design Show featuring Live Music and Refreshments. This event is open to all students from all schools. All proceeds to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Americ In Memoriam Ora Reed Pierce. To register, contact Abby Cooper, Radnor High School at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // or Mary Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //