Teen Advisory Committee

The Teen Advisory Committee began at Boston Children's Hospital in 2002, and consists of adolescents and young adults who receive their care at Boston Children’s. Meetings occur on a monthly basis for two hours in the early evening. Free parking and dinner are provided at each meeting.

Meet the members

The members of Boston Children's Hospital Teen Advisory Council.


  • serve as a forum to explore areas of interest to teen patients and their siblings
  • make recommendations and suggestions of ways to enhance the quality and quantity of programs and practice that affect the teen patient population through self-advocacy
  • inform the hospital administration, clinicians and other hospital employees of the work of the committee
  • provide teens with leadership experience, and public speaking and presentation opportunities


  • social programs for adolescent patients
  • quality improvement projects
  • government relations
    • on March 29, 2016, TAC members participated in Statehouse Advocacy Rounds and Education (SHARE). On this day, advocates visited the State House and State Senators to advance legislation to support childhood health and well-being. Check our call to action video here!
  • innovation
    • on May 25, 2016, the innovation team hosted a small, invite-only event called "Bringing Voice to HealthCare" for hospital clinicians, researchers, and staff to learn about new applications for voice technologies in inpatient and at-home settings. A TAC member contributed by sharing her insights as a patient to help inform and shape future practice.
  • hospital and international presentations
  • focus groups and advisory opportunities
  • guide to transitioning from pediatric to adult care — One Step at a Time and an article featuring TAC members and their experiences
  • creation of videos for adolescent patients
    • what to bring for an inpatient admission
    • what to bring to an outpatient appointment
    • importance of self-advocacy during doctor appointments


Members of TAC are asked to sit on hospital-wide committees and give on-going input for specific projects. Their role is to represent the adolescent perspective. These committees are not part of the TAC meeting and participation is completely voluntary. Current involvement includes:

  • Patient Portal
  • Advisory Board for the Health Care Research Fellowship Advisory Committee
  • National Pediatric Discharge Checklist

How to join

If you are an adolescent/young adult between the ages of 14 and 22 years, receive your health care at Boston Children's and can commit to attending the monthly meetings you are welcome to submit an application for consideration for membership. (Acceptance for membership depends on a variety of factors).

Download a TAC candidate application

Completed applications can be returned to:

Jessica Strzelecki, MEd, CCLS, and Dianne Cella, MSN, RN, CPN, RYT, at teenadvisory@childrens.harvard.edu.