Youth Catalyst Team

A national initiative for young leaders, ages 18-24, who use their knowledge, skills, vision, and personal understanding of systems/services to advance the youth services field.

a group of young adults next to a brick wall

Youth Catalyst Team (YCT) members operate as paid consultants: providing training and coaching, developing tools and resources, and propelling national awareness efforts and systems change. Youth and young adult leaders are part of the team - working in authentic partnership with Youth Collaboratory to reimagine possibilities for each youth, family, agency, and the larger youth services field.

Meet Our Members

Each YCT member brings unique skills, expertise, and energy to the team, and to Youth Collaboratory as a whole. Meet the Current Members of the YCT Team.

About Our Work

Youth Catalyst Team: Consultants focus on creating transformative change in programs, services, and systems for youth experiencing homelessness, strengthening mentoring programs for older youth, and other initiatives as they arise. YCT members are passionate about using their expertise to improve programs, services, and systems, resulting in stronger outcomes for youth and young adults.  

Girls Action Board: Consultants are also part of the Youth Catalyst Team and focus specifically on addressing the complexity of sex trafficking of minors and the approaches required to properly address prevention and intervention needs through an equitable lens when serving Black girls. 

Guide to Authentic Youth Leadership and Collaboration

The Youth Catalyst Team created a tool to share some of their best practices! This guide is for youth and young adult leaders, catalysts, and advocates - as well as the adult collaborators that support their work. You can use this guide as a template for developing and sustaining youth and young adult leadership groups. Download the guide

Girls Action Board Poem: Black Girl, Speak Your Mind

The Girls Action Board (GAB) aims to create pathways for Black girls to lead in the work that centers their healing, resilience, and professional development. GAB members wrote and performed this collaborative poetry piece about the importance of centering Black girls. 

COVID-19 Response

The Youth Catalyst Team engaged in a critical discussion of what they're hearing in their communities and tips for staying safe during COVID-19. Click here to listen to what they had to say. 

Learn More

For more information about the Youth Catalyst Team, or to request training, consultation, brainstorming, coaching, or other project partnership, email us at