Youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness and achieved stability are welcome to apply to be a member of NN4Y’s National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC).

NYAC members will share their journey and provide insight from their lived experience to identify relevant issues, create policy recommendations and educate and influence the public, policymakers, and youth practitioners. NN4Y will lead and direct all NYAC activities.


The following criteria have been developed with the intent of engaging young people who are stable and able to participate actively and meet the expectations and obligations of being an NYAC Youth Advisor.

  1. Between the ages of 18 and 26 years old.
  2. Have transitioned out of crisis intervention services, programs, and housing.
  3. Are you living in stable housing and employed, or are you pursuing educational/workforce development goals?
  4. Have an interest and passion for learning about government and public policy.
  5. Willing to share your story with the public, policymakers, and youth practitioners.
  6. Willing to be out and public with your homeless experience through media such as photos, website features, speaking engagements, etc.
  7. Cannot participate in advocacy that is not NN4Y endorsed as an NN4Y Youth Advisor. You can join in non-NN4Y advocacy as an individual.
  8. Willing and able to serve on the NYAC for a minimum of two (2) years.
  9. Agree to comply with the NYAC program expectations (below) and support NN4Y’s Guiding Principles, Mission, Vision, and Values


We want to know that each member of the Youth Council is dedicated and fully committed to the Council. The following is a list of NN4Y’s expectations of a Youth Advisor:

  1. Participate in regular communication with NN4Y and council members through phone/video conferences. This will be the primary platform used for group discussions, planning meetings, and strategizing. We anticipate having a phone/video conference (at least) once a month.
  2. Council members are expected to engage in quarterly webinars provided by NN4Y that may cover the following (and other) subjects: best practices, self-advocacy, policy advocacy, testimonies, and professional development.
  3. Share their personal story with NN4Y staff and NYAC members.
  4. Engage in creating policy recommendations and a strategy to engage with policymakers. Additionally, speaking publicly to advocate for and further these policy recommendations.
  5. Learn about other youth’s homeless experiences; hearing stories of other youth to relate and become influenced to share their testimony.
  6. Travel to Washington D.C. or other locations to educate and advocate for NYAC’s platform. This travel is subject to council members’ availability and NN4Y’s ability to cover costs.
  7. Required travel to the NYAC Fall Retreat (location/date varies) and NN4Y’s Annual Summit in Washington D.C. for all accepted Youth Advisors.
Apply to be a Youth Advisor
Nominate a Youth Advisor

All applications must be submitted online.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Within 7 – 10 business days of receiving your application, you should receive confirmation from NN4Y that we received your materials. If you do not receive confirmation or have any questions regarding the NYAC, nomination, or application process, please contact Yorri Berry-Harris at yorri.berry@nn4youth.org or 202.783.7949.