Rural Alabama Youth Advisory Board

Mission: Ending youth homelessness in Rural Alabama by creating alliances, encouraging public dialogue,    

               securing resources and advocating for systemic change.



The Rural Alabama Youth Advisory Board formed in 2011 by the Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care (Collaborative Applicant – AL -507) is established to align local youth to eliminate homeless youth in rural Alabama counties by utilizing and maximizing the effectiveness of existing initiatives, spotlighting gaps in services and exploring ways to fill those gaps within the current framework of services offered by agencies in rural Alabama, and recommend funding to specific areas of need.


To achieve the best results for all young people within a community, the Alabama Balance of State Continuum of Care will to respond to youth homelessness with an integrated, cohesive approach.


By focusing on:

• Engaging key community partners by first identifying them and sharing goals, defining the system vision, and identifying ways to collaborate.


• Establishing a decision-making and management structure with connections to CoC Governance, a Youth Advisory Board, and a strong lead organization.


• Leveraging data across systems by building an integrated data structure and benchmarking progress to continually improve system design.


•Designing an organized youth housing and services array that builds from comprehensive system mapping, needs analysis, the identification and definition of program models, and the development of a youth-inclusive coordinated entry process.


Leadership and membership on the Rural Alabama Youth Advisory Board are only youth.


Balance of State Counties: Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Conecuh, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Lamar, Lee, Macon, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, Washington, Wilcox



Vision/Mission Statement


In Rural Alabama where all youth have a safe, supportive and nurturing home.



To reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness and prevent further youth from becoming homeless by ensuring youth and their families have the services and supports they need.