Community Advisory Boards (CABs) do a bunch of different things:
In our Teen Adult Coalition (TAC) in Albany and our Schenectady Teen Adult Coalition (STAC) in Schenectady, teens help Real Talk staff do a better job by telling the staff what's working and what's not working with groups and testing and such, talking about risks in our communities, giving feedback about flyers/videos/whatever to help recruit new teens to the programs, places where Real Talk should have groups or do testing, whatever advice the adults need--we give it
Everything Real Talk does is reviewed through this Community Advisory Board. We know what teens in our community are doing and why, and we know the best ways to get other teens like us to reduce their risks for HIV/STIs and unplanned Pregnancy and drugs and alcohol. It’s our job to tell the adults what to do to help teens in our community reduce their risks, how to do it, and when/where/why to do it. And they listen!
Teens also give advice to other providers in the community, telling them what's going on with teens in our community, how to recruit new teens to their programs, how to get the word out about their services. We review their flyers, give them feedback on their website, give them advice on how to make their services more teen friendly, and help them get the word out about all the services their agency offers to teens.
At least half of the CAB is made up of teens from the community of Albany, Schenectady or Troy—and the rest is made up of community members/parents/agency staff.