Systems Improvement Through Youth

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Development Project, established in 2009, formalized the role of youth in the DHS Improving Outcomes for Children and Families Initiative. The project endorses the DHS commitment to involving all stakeholders in services planning and to improving the lives of the children, youth and families who receive services. The Youth Advisory Council, later renamed Systems Improvement Through Youth, or SITY, is a fundamental part of the project.

Established in 2009, SITY is comprised of 10 individuals, ages 14 through 23 years, transitioning from child-serving systems including: child welfare, mental health, developmental supports, juvenile justice, and drug and alcohol.

SITY is a stipend-based opportunity.

We are hosting all SITY meetings virtually at this time.

How to Join?

Are you

  • 14 to 23 years of age
  • a current or former recipient of services through DHS
  • a current Allegheny County resident
  • interested in using your experience to help other youth

Then complete and send the SITY Member Application(PDF, 102KB) to

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For SITY Members

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