Youth Steering Committee

The Youth Steering Committee is a fun and informative program for young people in high school who have a passion for animals and an interest in learning about policy and campaign strategy related to animal welfare and the environment. HAP is forming a youth steering committee for students in grade 10–12 during the 2023–2024 school year.  We focus on connecting teens who care about animals and the environment to developing speaking and advocacy skills.  Students will participate in a wide range of activities involved in executing animal and environmental campaigns.

Meetings will be held monthly from September–May, which will generally take place on the second Saturday of every month at 10:15 am at the East Liberty public library. 



September 9 – Introductions and Overview of YSC

October 14 – Transforming Your World Through Advocacy

November 11 – Policy Deep Dive

December 9 – Fundraising and Budgeting for Your Campaign

January 13 – Compassionate Living

February 10 – Media and Communications

March 9 – Field Trip to Local Animal Rescue

April 13 – The Inextricable Link Between Animal Protection and Environmental Protection

May 11 – Event Planning

TBD – Groundbreaking Event

Applicant requirements

  • Enrolled in high school (grades 10–12) for the duration of the 2023–2024 school year
  • Interest in animal and environmental welfare, legislative advocacy, and volunteerism
  • Able to work both independently and in groups


Application process

  • Have a community member (not an immediate family member) submit a letter of recommendation (ex. former teacher, tutor, coach, or religious leader)


Information session and interview

  • Attend a virtual information session with a parent or supporting adult
  • Applicants making it through the initial application process will need to attend a virtual one-on-one interview with a parent or supporting adult present as a final step in the process.


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 Student benefits

  • $1000 stipend upon successful completion of the Youth Steering Committee term in June 2024
  • Mentorship from the region’s leading animal and environmental welfare organization 
  • Professional development
  • Letters of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • A network of peers and like-minded individuals that will extend past the steering committee program

Humane Action Pittsburgh strives to provide reasonable accommodations for our program participants, volunteers, and staff. If you have any concerns about the application process, or would like to discuss an accommodation, please connect with us by emailing