Youth Ambassador Program

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Printable YAP Flyer
What is the Youth Ambassador Program?
What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?
Who are the Youth Ambassadors?


Check Out the Latest YAP Fact Sheet!


The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) is a youth-centered, youth-driven program operating in Beaver County schools that promotes awareness of current issues that youth face today. The goals of the program are:

  • To increase awareness of mental health and wellness.
  • To decrease stigma associated with mental illness.
  • To promote leadership and self-advocacy among youth.
  • To build relationships with other youth in their districts and across the county.


What do the Youth Ambassadors Do?


  • Participate in countywide events to learn about mental health, wellness activities, and available services.
  • Participate in club activities at their school to spread the information to other youth, family members, and the community and to address relevant issues in their district.
  • Promote the YAP through social media, posters, videos and other platforms.
  • Represent the program by being “change agents” that teach others about YAP at national conferences.
  • Help change the culture of understanding and acceptance of mental health and related issues.

Who are the Youth Ambassadors?


YAP is a diverse group representing both males and females, several racial and ethnic backgrounds, various sexual orientations, and those with and without knowledge or experience with mental illness. Any youth who resides in Beaver County from 8th through 12th grade is eligible to participate by contacting their district representatives. Youth are currently active in all Beaver County districts as well as some private, parochial, cyber, and alternative schools.


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Meet the Youth Ambassadors on Video …

Video 1:  How Has Mental Health Affected You?

Video 2: What Advice Would You Give a Friend Who Needed Help?



Youth Ambassadors

Helping BC-SCORES Youth Ambassador Program is a bronze winner of the

2017 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program

for their innovative work this year!    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

00_ECCO 2017 Theme Slide




Youth Ambassador Posters

Students from each school district involved in the Youth Ambassador Program worked as a group to design a poster about mental health.  The results are amazing!   These posters will be available for purchase in the near future.  Check back for details!  (Click each to enlarge.)

Freedom SnipBeaver Falls snipNew Brighton snipRochester snipAliquippa snip 

See Original Design Concepts of:

 Freedom Area School District

 Aliquippa School District

    Beaver Falls School District

 Rochester Area School District



Read more:

Penn State, May 2017 Event – Youth Ambassador Program (YAP)

Beaver County Times Article  May 2, 2017

Ellwood City Ledger Article  August 9, 2017




Additional Resources for Late Teen / Transition-Age Youth


Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for children and young adults between 5-24 years old. Often this age group lacks the tools and skills to manage mental health issues and ask for help.

Watch Ariel Blackwood’s story here: