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What does the youth advisory board do?

Our YAB (Youth Advisory Board) is made up of graduates from our MEDIAGIRLS after-school program and older teen girls who are passionate about inspiring girls and improving the messages sent by media. Each month, we provide a specific mission that gives them practice in speaking up using social media.  Interested? Read on!

Who’s on your youth advisory board now?

Scroll down to check out our amazing board below!

I’m interested. How do these missions work?

  • You will receive 9 missions over 9 months (one a month from Sept-May)
  • You will receive your mission on the 5th of the month and it will be due back on the 13th of the month
  • All of our missions involve speaking up for girls/women using social media (yours and/or ours) to spread your opinions.
  • You will be expected to complete at least 8 out of the 9 missions – all over email. (Complete all nine and we’ll send you a $25 gift card from Amazon!)

Can you share some examples of missions? (Yep, here are three.)

What qualities is MEDIAGIRLS looking for?

You…

  • are super reliable (this is a one-year commitment)
  • enjoy writing and expressing your opinions. (Click on some missions above to see what we’re expecting.)
  • will use your own social media accounts (whether it’s Insta, Snapchat, or another platform) for many of our missions.
  • are in 6th – 12th grade, and living in Greater Boston area (within 40 minutes drive of Boston).
  • are excited to be part of our movement of girls using the power of media for positive change!

I want to do this! How do I apply?

Give us some info about yourself and why you think you would be a good fit for our board.  If we agree, based on your responses to our application (take your time with this), we will get back to you within seven days with more information. Thank you for your interest!

The application process is now closed and will re-open this spring.

Please note that to serve on our Youth Advisory Board, we will need a parent to fill out the permission slip above.

2019-20 Youth Advisory Board

Angela, age 16

She says: I like to be accountable in my actions, trust-worthy with others, supportive, and I”m determined to make a change. My goal in my future is to see girls, like me, uplift each other in a positive light.

Megan, age 16

​​​She says: Many of the people I admire on social media are the ones who use their platform to speak about current issues and help others gain more knowledge about why this is a problem.

Lehna, age 12

She says: I like being apart of an organization in which we empower women and girls to be ourselves!

Marlie, age 14

She says: I am very interested in dissecting the media today, especially when it comes to how it portrays certain aspects of our culture.

Caroline, age 16

She says: I hope to make a difference in everyone’s lives and by using social media, I hope that people, especially girls learn to embrace their individuality and feel confident in who they are.

Janelle, age 12

She says: I believe in female empowerment, and I think I can help change the way males see “beauty” because I believe everyone is beautiful.

Zoe, age 13

She says: ​In sixth grade (last year) I decided I wanted to delete Instagram. There was too much peer pressure and it made my transition to middle school harder. Although I put it back on my phone this summer, I am still thinking about how much I use it and how much I post. The experience without it was refreshing and helped me find my true friends. I even inspired others to do the same.

Tyeisha, age 13

She says: I feel that girls are so mean to each other, and girls should stick together no matter what. I also feel that social media is so fake and that it needs a change and that change is for it to be natural.

Nicole, age 13

She says: Many people believe that there is such thing as a “perfect girl” because of media, and I hope to make them realize that all women are perfect in their own way.

Priscilla, age 14

She says: I am a feminist, and really care about the issues that teen girls face in the media. Although I have social media, I know how toxic it can be. I want to spread awareness about this issue and make an impact.

Addison, age 13

She says: Your friends will always be there for you, and the ones that aren’t there for you, aren’t your friends. When Instagram was making me feel bad on a daily basis, I deleted it temporarily. If I could help just one girl, that would make me super happy.

Annika, age 12

She says: I want to make the world a better place, starting with stereotypes and taking them down. I feel that the Youth Advisory Board can help me and other people thrive in our identities and start to make the world a better place.

Mia, age 14

She says: I really enjoyed the discussions and activities of this year’s MEDIAGIRLS program, and I would love to continue utilizing these skills by turning opinions into action.