Youth Catalyst Team Applicant FAQs

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What Is The Youth Catalyst Team (YCT)?

The Youth Catalyst Team (YCT) is a national leadership initiative for youth and young adults (ages 16-24) with lived expertise*. Youth Catalyst Team (YCT) members operate as paid consultants: using their knowledge, skills, and vision to provide training and coaching, develop tools and resources, propel national awareness efforts, and create transformative change in youth programs, services, and systems.  We are grounded in our vision of Authentic Youth Collaboration and commitment to Equity & Liberation.

Youth and young adult leaders are an integral part of Youth Collaboratory - working in authentic partnership to reimagine possibilities for each youth, family, agency, and the larger youth services field. YCT consultants use their skills and expertise to partner in all aspects of the work - planning, development, action, reflection, evaluation, and follow-up.  Through participation in the YCT, members receive training, mentorship, ongoing professional development, and opportunities to expand professional networks with other leaders within the field.

  • Build social capital - by expanding relationships,  influence, and connections in the field.
  • Make a real impact - by training and coaching organizations, developing tools and resources, and advocating for systems changes that benefit youth.
  • Create community - through authentic relationships with leaders of all ages from across the country, who are inspired to make a difference.
  • Further develop skills and knowledge - by participating in training, leadership development, and reciprocal mentoring opportunities in a supportive learning environment.

Who can be a YCT member?

(Applicants must be able to check ALL boxes.)

  • Age 16-24 at time of application
  • Have lived expertise (A strength based term that encompasses the understanding of, and  intersections with emergency shelters, safe-houses, transitional living, or other programs for youth experiencing homelessness, trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation, domestic violence, foster care or juvenile justice system). There is no expectation or obligation to share personal stores.
  • Can commit to at least 1 year with YCT
  • Can commit to working a minimum of 6 hours per month and attending 1 annual in-person team meeting at a time when such travel and gathering is safe. (date & city to be determined)
  • Have regular access to a computer and internet for virtual meetings.If this is a barrier please contact us.) 
  • Have proper identification (as needed for travel). (If this is a barrier please contact us.)
  • Have a connection with a local youth-serving organization or strong interest in building one. This organization will serve as a local partner, promote your work, and be a resource in navigating obstacles.  The organization will also benefit from the tools and resources developed through YCT, as well as coaching to continue strengthening their programs.
  • Feel comfortable being known publicly. Although sharing of your name and picture is not required, this information may become public through participation at national events. 

Who are we looking for? 

The selection committee will consider the following when filling YCT positions:

  • Motivation, vision, and commitment!
  • Quality completed application and strong letter of recommendation
  • Ability to take on job responsibilities. Responsibilities might include developing and presenting training, writing, researching information, participating in meetings, responding to email, reviewing documents, project visioning, and problem solving.
  • Current stability of life situation and personal well-being
  • Representation from a diverse range of communities (geography, identities, and life experiences)

How much do YCT Consultants get paid?

YCT Consultants are paid $40 hourly. There may be higher rates for specific projects. Monthly payments are receivable via check, paypal, or direct deposit.

Next steps:

YCT Selection Process

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* Lived Expertise: A strength based term that encompasses the "understanding of, and intersections with emergency shelters, safe-houses, transitional living, drop-in centers, or other programs for youth experiencing homelessness, trafficking/commercial sexual exploitation, domestic violence, foster care or juvenile justice system.” These unique experiences help youth develop and utilize skills that are specific and desired for the Youth Catalyst Team.