Youth Advisory Board

What is a Youth Advisory Board?

Diabetes Youth Services (DYS) is proud to announce we are starting our first-ever Youth Advisory Board as a vehicle for young people to become involved in a local nonprofit organization merging civic engagement and leadership development. Our Youth Advisory Board’s mission is “Connecting youth to the diabetes community while gaining leadership skills, developing friendships, and having a great time!” By engaging young and enthusiastic individuals, we strive to bring new energy into our mission-based work, while developing future leaders in our community.

Membership Criteria of Board Members

We are looking for a diverse group of young people who are hardworking and dedicated to becoming leaders within their community. Board members must be:


1. Entering grades 10-12. A diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes is NOT required to be on the board. The board is open to all students in the qualifying grades. 

2. Pursuing a high school diploma, GED, or in a transition program.

3. Able to commit to one (1) school year running from Sept. to May of the following year. 

4. Required attendance of monthly meetings and occasional events- schedule TBA.

Goals of the Youth Advisory Board

1. Raise awareness of type 1 diabetes in their community while developing leadership, fundraising, and communication skills.  

2. Build friendships while participating in fun and educational outreach activities. 

For example: Helping promote DYS at public events such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and DYS Family Programs. 

3. Learn about diabetes and ways you can help positively impact other community members who live with diabetes.


** All Applications must be turned in by: Sunday, June 30th, 2024

Have questions about the YAB? Please email Morgan Johnson at [email protected] or call 419-291-1236. You can also check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for more information.

Example Meeting Agenda

6 PM – 8 PM 

Meeting Objectives: 

6-6:15 PM – Icebreaker Activity

6:15-6:30 PM – Recap/Updates from Previous

6:30-7:20 PM- Discuss Board Goals

7:20-7:30 PM -Discuss Upcoming Outreach Events 

7:30-7:55 PM – Guest Speaker

7:55 – 8 PM -Closing Thoughts