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Statewide Youth Advisory Board

The mission of the Statewide Youth Advisory Board (SYAB) is to partner with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and contracted agencies to provide advocacy by advising the DCFS director and educating youth in care. SYAB provides information about resources, opportunities, policies and programs that effect all youth. The SYAB is committed to youth empowerment, development, leadership and achievement across the state of Illinois. For more information about meeting dates, locations and times, click here.

LGBTQI+ Youth Advisory Affinity Group (LGBTQI+ YAAG)
The Statewide Youth Advisory Board invites youth in care ages 14-21 to join us in the formulation of a LGBTQI+ Youth Advisory Affinity Group (LGBTQI+ YAAG) as we work to expand service delivery, programs and policies for the department’s LGBTQI+ and allied community. The purpose of the LGBTQI+ YAAG is to organize Illinois youth in care that identify as part of the LGBTQI+ community and/or those youth in care who identify as allies to the LGBTQI+ community through support, education, coaching and advocacy.