YACThe Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) serves as the youth voice of the NC Child Advocacy Network (CAN).

The YAC was established in 2016 in Wake County to help young leaders become more engaged in advocating for policy solutions affecting their lives. The YAC is currently expanding opportunities to students in Wake, Buncombe, and Wayne Counties.

NC Child is currently accepting applications from high school students in Wake, Buncombe, and Wayne Counties who are who are interested in promoting social justice, equity, youth leadership, and growing their advocacy skills.  For more information about the Youth Advocacy Council download our one-page flyer here or email lamine@ncchild.org. To apply, complete our online application and email your YAC Member Expectations and Responsibilities, Parental Consent Form, and Medical Information Form to lamine@ncchild.org.


In 2018 the Wake County School Board updated the Tobacco Free School policy following advocacy efforts of the NC Child YAC.  Check out the Youth Advocacy Council in action presenting on tobacco prevention at a 2018 Wake County School Board Meeting by going to the fifty-five minute mark of this WRAL video.

Youth Advocacy Council in the News

NC Child’s blog post

News & Observer

FDA plans strict limits on sale of flavored e-cigarettes

North Carolina Attorney General announces investigation into Juul

The Youth Advisory Council is funded by the DentaQuest Foundation in conjunction with YES! (Youth Empowered Solutions).