YYEA is a statewide group of young adults, like you, who hope their peers lead happy healthy lives. We have chapters in Portland, Salem, Lane and Douglas County. We will connect you to the group in your local area.


To have youth and young adult voice included and valued in policy and decision-making throughout Oregon!


We are dedicated to amplifying youth and young adult voices in decision-making across all local and state agenecies involved in behavioral health and suicide prevention.


We Do This By:

  • Identifying and advocating for the needs of young people struggling with mental health and addiction challenges

  • Building community relationships with youth serving agencies and providers

  • Advising the Children’s System Advisory Council, the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide, Healthy Transitions and other systems partners on important issues.

What Members Do:

  • Attend monthly meetings, occasional group training days and other YYEA events

  • Work on projects the group decides to pursue

  • Improve local and state youth services by lending their voices and experiences to advocate for youth and young adults dealing with behavioral health challenges.

  • Take on leadership positions in YYEA, if they’d like.

What The Commitment Is:

  • Maintain active membership for at least six months

  • Be present and prepared for meetings and activities

  • Respond to YYEA communications in a timely fashion

  • Participate in discussions and projects

  • Take on extra roles and responsibilities when needed

  • Keep YYEA a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.


Behavioral Health Advocacy Opportunity


14-24 years old with lived experience in behavioral health and/or other systems of care?

Do you have:

A passion for amplifying young adult voices, preventing youth suicide, and affecting positive change for your peers in the state of Oregon?

Become a youth & young adult engagement advisory (YYEA) committee member today!

Together, YYEA:

  • Identifies and advocates for the needs of young people struggling with behavioral health challenges.

  • Builds community relationships with youth serving agencies and providers.

  • Advise Oregon state behavioral health steering committees on important issues that matter to youth.

  • Meets monthly to plan and organize.

What’s in it for you?

Being a part of YYEA will challenge you, make you feel good, and have an impact on the lives of young people. All YYEA members receive stipends for their participation and travel to qualifying events. You will have opportunities for leadership growth, professional skill building, networking, personal development and fun!