Teenovate is currently accepting applications for the (YAB) Youth Advisory Board! This application is for the 2022 period. The Teenovate Youth Advisory Board is a program where teenagers in the US serve for a year as advisors to the Teenovate research team, part of the Socio-Technical Interaction Research (STIR) Lab.

Teen board members will have the following responsibilities:

  • Review the STIR Lab’s research study proposals, designs and study materials, in preparation for monthly meetings where they will provide feedback on these study designs.
  • Attend monthly online hour-long meetings, where they will provide the feedback on study documents mentioned above.
  • Attend bi-monthly (every 2 months) five-hour long meetings that will consist of both providing feedback on STIR Lab research studies and attending workshops designed to teach User Experience (UX) concepts and User Interface (UI) design tools to teen board members
  • Participate in an online community space with fellow teen board members and STIR Lab researchers, discussing various concepts related to research study design, adolescent online safety, and UX concepts

To be eligible to participate in the Teenovate YAB, teen applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 13 and 17 years old
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must have access to a computer or smartphone connected to the internet, with Zoom capabilities
  • Must be able to commit at least 2 hours a week towards their YAB responsibilities, as well attending the one-hour monthly meetings and five-hour bi-monthly meetings

 The deadline to submit applications is March 5th, 2022. Final candidates will be to contacted to schedule short follow-up interviews by March 8th. Selected board members will be announced on March 15th.

Please have your answers to the following short answer and essay questions prepared:

  • Why do you want to serve as a member of the Teenovate YAB?
  • What is your personal motivation for wanting to make the internet a safer place for teens? (Essay Question)
  • If you could re-design internet-based technologies (e.g. social media, smartphone apps, etc.) in a way to make them safer for teens, what would you change, how would you change it, and why? (Essay Question)

 If you have any questions about this application process, please email Neeraj Chatlani (Teenovate Program Manager) at nchatlani@knights.ucf.edu