The mission of the Trailblazers Youth Action Board is to strive for the elimination of youth homelessness and poverty in our region.
Advocacy Meetings with Rodd Monts
The YAB met with Rodd Monts, the Director of State Policy for School House Connection, to create an advocacy plan to push forward HB 4087; which is a bill that would allow unaccompanied homeless youth the ability to consent to their own medical care and treatment.
National Summit on Youth Homelessness
Some of the YAB Senior Youth Members traveled to Washington D.C to attend the 2023 National Summit on Youth Homelessness, to implement new recruitment strategies, advocacy techniques, influence legislation with policy makers on Capitol Hill and meet with other YAB boards across the nation.
Meet the YAB Members
Youth leaders commit to an annual retreat, attend monthly meetings, and design a year-long service-learning project that drives community change.
Program Partners and Facilitators include:
For Young Leaders!
Do you know someone who is passionate about their community and looking to be a part of something where they can create tangible change locally?
Become A Member of The Trailblazers Youth Action Board
YAB member roles & responsibilities:
Co-design Plan’s domestic youth programming and advocacy campaigns focused on young people.
Support the execution of campaigns and youth engagement activities.
Work in partnership with Plan’s internal teams and board of directors to bring young people’s voices and perspectives to various initiatives.
Participate in mandatory monthly virtual meetings and biannual in-person retreats.
Engage in influencing activities with policymakers and major corporations.
Be a young person, between the ages of 16-24, who have experienced homelessness in Detroit
Be interested in gender equality, global issues and youth-led advocacy.
Attend mandatory monthly virtual meetings, which often take place in the evening on Eastern Standard/Daylight Time.
Actively participate in the work of YAB and action teams
Complete all tasks and other responsibilities on time
Respect Detroit Phoenix Center Agreement and Group Agreements
Engage with community members to coordinate to end youth homelessness in the Detroit Community
Receive a Cash Stipend
Travel, Speaking and Leadership Development Opportunities
Make a Difference in YOUR Community
How we work:
Once selected, YAB members will be invited to a virtual orientation.
The YAB meets every Thursday for a virtual coordination meeting. This meeting is mandatory and usually takes place in the afternoon.
YAB members participate in project committees and work with internal DPC staff on specific projects. Members are also invited to engage in advocacy and program activities with Plan staff, policymakers, partners and donors.
The YAB communicates through a private Slack channel.