Trauma and Community Resilience Center | Inter-ethnic Youth Advisory Board (I-YAB)

The I-YAB's Mission Statement

The I-YAB mission is to engage a diverse group of youth as integral partners in the Massachusetts Area Prevention framework (MAP), BCH-TCRC’s new multidisciplinary approach to violence prevention. We do this by engaging 12 diverse youth (ages 15 to 17 years) living in Massachusetts in a monthly youth advisory board focused on youth extremist and targeted violence prevention. We believe that youth resilience building is fundamental to violence prevention through increasing sense of belonging, enhancing inter-ethnic group understanding, developing leadership and advocacy skills, and promoting civic engagement. We are committed to giving youth the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills needed to become leaders in youth violence prevention and enhance resilience in their community. 

Join the BCH TCRC's I-YAB!

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

–  John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States


We are now accepting applications for our inaugural Inter-ethnic Youth Advisory Board (I-YAB). We are looking for 12 young leaders (ages 15 to 17 years) from across Massachusetts who are passionate about understanding how to prevent extremist or targeted violence, and want to make a difference in their community. We recognize that a diverse group of young people is central to carrying out our mission, and we are actively looking for applicants who will bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to the I-YAB. Massachusetts adolescents of all races and ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations, and migration status are welcome. You do not need to have any prior experience serving on an advisory board to get involved. We will provide training and education so that you will become a valued I-YAB member.

As a member of the I-YAB, you will work closely with BCH-TCRC staff to apply your leadership and insights to our multidisciplinary approach to violence prevention. You will be integral partners of our new Massachusetts Area Prevention (MAP) Framework initiative.

By joining the I-YAB, you will learn more about extremist or targeted violence and its prevention, as well as receive leadership training. You will also have the opportunity to share your ideas for youth activities, projects, or events that you believe will reduce the risk of extremist or targeted violence in your community.

Board members gain access to numerous personal and professional development opportunities, such as training, leadership skill-building, hands-on experiences, networking, and a chance to enact change in the world! All of these are intended to help you in your future academic endeavors.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

- Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States


I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

- Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient



Successful applicants to BCH-TCRC Inter-ethnic Advisory Board (I-YAB):

  • are between the ages of 15 to 17 years
  • are living in Massachusetts
  • are verbally proficient in the English language
  • are a leader in their community or have a desire to become a leader
  • have an interest in youth violence prevention or public health in general
  • have access to technology and internet to participate in monthly meetings
  • committed to participation through September 2022


I-YAB members must be able to make a commitment of approximately two years (until September 30, 2022) and work an average of four hours per month on board-related activities that include:

  • online board meetings
  • extremism and targeted violence education
  • giving input on BCH-TCRC’s MAP initiative and corresponding projects
  • design, development, and implementation of youth violence prevention activities, programs, or events
  • program evaluation

Member guidelines

I-YAB members commit to:

  • approaching the I-YAB work with humility and openness
  • practicing mutual respect in their relationships
  • striving to communicate effectively and work together with other I-YAB members to achieve common goals


I-YAB members receive the following benefits:

  • training: learn about extremism and targeted violence, community participatory action, leadership skills, and more
  • leadership development: actively participate in BCH-TCRC’s initiatives by sharing your expertise
  • networking: meet and collaborate with peer leaders across Massachusetts who are equally passionate about violence prevention and making a difference in their community
Leadership that brings peace is far more courageous than the one which opens fire.

- Asma Jahangir, co-founder and chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan

Application checklist

A complete application consists of the completed application form, including provision of the name and contact information of an adult (not a parent or family member) that has known you for at least two years and can speak to your strengths.

Application timeline

  • Friday, March 19, 2021: Application and name of a personal reference are due.
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021: BCH TCRC will email all applicants with notification of status. Information about the next steps (15-minute virtual interview) will be included for those who have been selected.
  • Friday, April 9, 2021: Notifications of acceptance will be sent via email.


Reach out to Alisa Miller, PhD, at; Osob Issa, MSW, at; and Seetha Davis, BA, at

It’s been said in many ways and by many people and remains true…the future of America lies with its young people.