Youth Advisory Board

For more information on our Youth Advisory Board please email, drop-in to NHCS or call Nicki Howie or Taylor Grosklag at 613-334-1791!

We are now recruiting for the next Youth Advisory Board!

Find the application here!

Moving forward we would like to expand as we implement projects with a focus on opening a youth centre called YOURSPACE as well as initiatives addressing youth homelessness, healthy eating, relationship building, LGBTQ2+, etc. with a continued effort on inclusion and mental health initiatives.

At this point in time, our 4th term of advisors is coming to an end and we are seeking your help and connections in finding passionate youth who are interested in making a difference to join us.  Our goal is to connect with a variety of youth across North Hastings so that we have equal representation, that all voices are heard, and that the work we do continues to be truly youth led. Individuals from existing North Hastings youth groups are encouraged to advocate for their group’s own values, ethics, and beliefs while influencing adults and other youth in the community.      

To be considered a core advisor, a commitment of a monthly meeting is required with the addition of community involvement when requested. If this level of commitment is not attainable, we are still interested in all opinions and encourage all youth, as resource members, to participate in consultation of topics that they are passionate about. Honorariums and/or volunteer hours will be given to all youth that consult. 

We acknowledge the work you do in the community and the relationships that you have built and continue to build with youth people; therefore, we hope that you can pass this information along to any youth that may be interested. Completed applications can be either sent in via email to or dropped off at North Hastings Children’s Services, Attention: Youth Advisory Board. Please contact Youth Coordinators Nicki Howie or Taylor Grosklag at 613-334-1791 if you have any questions.


This logo was designed by Moriah Brinkman, first year Youth Advisor.

Youth Advisory Board

This is a program for guiding achievement, developing leadership and promoting well-being among families and youth in North Hastings.

This program started in October 2014 and has expanded the reach of NHCS to the Youth of the Community to provide them with skills, training and employment. 

We thank the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services for approving this Community Mobilization Project.  The Community Justice Fund and Kawartha Credit Union continue to support this project with funding for honorariums.

Watch closely to see how these Youth will influence positive changes within our community. 

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of 13-19 year olds that reside in the Town of Bancroft or within the outlying Townships/ Municipalities that encompass North Hastings.  Under the guidance of adult ally’s at the lead agency, North Hastings Children’s Services, YAB has been running consistently for 5 years now giving local youth the opportunity to consult and provide input on projects, events, presentations, and decisions made in and around the community.  Since 2014 the group has successfully completed projects that have improved the quality of life for youth in the form of Nutrition, Literacy, Mental Health, Inclusion, Art and Culture, and continue to take part in community outreach events on a regular basis. Not only have their projects given other Youth the opportunity to take part in their initiatives, but they have directly and indirectly impacted children and adults in the community, making Bancroft a better place.

Samples of YAB projects and activities;

  • Crime Survey

  • P.A.S. Panic Anxiety Stress Kits for High School

  • Talent Contest

  • Restorative Justice Circles

  • Nutrition Kits for North Hastings Elementary Schools

  • “Operation Youth” - A positive ticketing program in partnership with the OPP, Subway and Jug City that gives free vouchers from police officers for hot chocolate and freezies to youth when they are seen doing something positive.  A local take on “Project Heat/Freeze”.

  • “A Piece of You” - Community Puzzle Art Project displayed at Riverside Park in Bancroft

  • Event Partnerships such as March Break Community Day, Beadom Boredom, Community Breakfasts and Lunches

  • Awareness Campaigns on Suicide Awareness, Mental Health and Child Abuse

  • Volunteer and Paid Consultation for organizations such as United Way, Youth Collective Impact, Town of Bancroft, Bancroft OPP among others


Current Projects include;

  • Rainbow Walks in North Hastings

  • YOURSPACE Youth Space in Bancroft

Stay tuned for more details!