Teen Producers Project Fall 2014, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Media Arts Center San Diego Digital Gym’s photostream

Are you (or do you know) a talented and civic-minded young Pittsburgher who is committed to creating positive social change in your school and community? Pittsburgh Cares’ Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a leadership development program for high school student (9th-12th grade) who have a passion for service. In addition to working on projects like painting murals in schools, working with the homeless, and organizing an event to fight juvenile diabetes, YAC members serve as youth ambassadors to give a voice for the youth in their communities.

Via Kidsburgh:

“The amount of adult voices about issues affecting our nation and communities is overwhelming,” says Chris Lehberger, senior program manager at Pittsburgh Cares. “Do you know who we aren’t hearing from? Young people.” The YAC not only gives kids this voice, but also a mechanism to actually make a difference in their communities. In a nutshell, it’s empowering.

If you are believe you could benefit from participating in trainings and workshops provided by Pittsburgh Cares and partner agencies and would enjoy networking opportunities with other area youth, nonprofit professionals, and civic leaders, then please submit an application by June 12, 2015. Participants will be expected to be able to devote an average of four hours a week to YAC activities and be able to attend bi-monthly as well as monthly volunteering projects and activities.

You can apply online here or nominate a deserving youth here.