Youth Advisory Council

Our Motto: We ARE the children here.  Who knows Children’s better than patients? As members of Youth Advisory Council (YAC), we draw on our experiences to help Children’s be the best place possible for kids.

About YAC

YAC is a dedicated group of patients, ages 10 to 18, offering practical ideas on how to help Children’s focus even more closely on the special needs of children and teens. We voice our ideas and perspectives — from choices of food on the hospital menu to how we want adults at Children’s to relate to us. Learn about our current YAC members.

Watch our video tour highlighting some of the cool things to see and do at the hospitals.

2016 Youth Advisory Council Members

How we make a difference

We are committed to our role of representing other patients. We reach out and find opportunities to talk with patients and staff to let them know about the council’s role. Here are some of the projects we’re currently working on:

  • Improving technology available to patients, such as a broader selection of TV channels, DVDs and electronic games as well as improved Internet access
  • Making it easier to order food from the menu
  • Providing education from the patient perspective to residents, medical students and managers
  • Giving our feedback on design projects

Meetings and Membership

YAC meets once a month between September and May. Meetings are for two hours. We alternate meetings on the Children’s – Minneapolis and Children’s – St. Paul campuses.

For information on joining YAC, call child life at 612-813-6259 or 651-220-6465. Applications will be accepted in June and July of 2016. Download the YAC Application (PDF) to get started.

Share Your Ideas

Help us better represent all patients at Children’s. Tell us about a positive experience or something that could be made better. Email Us.


Top 10 things to bring with you to the hospital

  1. Your own blanket, pillow, music and stuffed animal.
  2. Loose PJ’s from home; Children’s has PJ’s, too!
  3. Slippers and socks. Sometimes you can wear your own clothes.
  4. Toothbrush, comb, lotion, personal items and a hat…so you don’t get “bed head”!
  5. Your own electric devices (iPod, Laptop, CD player, handheld electronic device, etc.)
  1. Things that help you relax, like music, books, magazines and pictures.
  2. Phone numbers and email addresses of family and friends.
  3. Questions for doctors, nurses and other caregivers.
  4. Posters, pictures, decorations for your room.
  5. A positive attitude — everyone is here to help you! You will do great!