Children's Hospital Colorado

The Youth Advisory Council at Children's Hospital Colorado

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The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a group of teens who have been patients or siblings of patients at Children's Hospital Colorado. Our goal is to create a better environment for pediatric patients throughout their time at Children's Colorado. As key stakeholders, we partner with the Child Life Department to share our voices with leaders and help make decisions that impact current and future patients.

Our focus

The Council provides important input to hospital leaders by:

  • Discussing issues that are important to kids, teens and siblings during hospitalization and visits to outpatient clinics at Children's Colorado
  • Providing feedback and suggestions on hospital programs and projects
  • Assisting at hospital special events and meetings
  • Contributing to programs for patients and siblings

Our accomplishments

Our accomplishments include:

  • Assisting the planning department in designing the new Children's Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus and its East Tower expansion
  • Participating in designing the T(w)een Zone at Children's Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Developing a survey for patients in the hospital
  • Presenting at the First International Conference on Family-Centered Care in Boston, Mass.
  • Speaking at a panel discussion for the Emergency Department staff, Department Head Meetings and Professional Affairs Committee, Ethics Conference, volunteers, Parent Empowerment Conference
  • Assisting with the dance marathon at the University of Colorado
  • Participating in a day at the capitol
  • Speaking at Metro State University, University of Colorado PA Program; panel discussion for the Division of Nursing

We've also participated in several key events and projects for Children's Colorado, including:

  • Videos supporting Children's Hospital Colorado
  • 36 Hours for Kids Radiothon
  • Colorado Avalanche Fashion Show
  • Harley Toy Run

Join the Youth Advisory Council

Council members should be:

  • Between 13 and 18 years old
  • A patient or sibling of a Children's Colorado patient
  • Available to regularly attend monthly Council meetings (Wednesdays)
  • Available for occasional special events
  • Able and willing to contribute ideas and communicate in a team atmosphere
  • Willing to serve on the council for a minimum of two years

Youth Advisory Council Application

Have you ever volunteered at Children's Hospital Colorado?

Get in touch

For questions, please contact our child life team by emailing or calling 720-777-6979.