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Youth Planning Committee

Suicide is a growing problem that greatly affects present-day youth. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 24. This rate is even higher among underrepresented youth including people of color and those part of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as other marginalized communities.  

The Youth Planning Committee is a group of individuals spanning multiple ages, backgrounds and locations in the New Jersey area. Though this group is diverse, we share a common goal of comprising a state-wide campaign to spread awareness about youth suicide. Members of the Youth Planning Committee will attend meetings, participate in youth-driven programs, and be part of a motivated group of like-minded individuals. 

Our Mission

To provide a voice for the youth of New Jersey in preventing youth suicide.

To reduce stigma around mental health and suicide.

To create and promote a state-wide youth suicide prevention campaign.

To create change and bring forth new ideas.

To plan, promote and carry out programs and services for youth, by youth.

To improve our community and use our voice.



If you are between the ages of 13-22 and wish to apply for the NJAAP Youth Planning Committee, feel free to complete the application below! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to:

Must be enrolled in a middle, secondary, undergraduate or graduate school.

Must be willing to participate, voice your opinion, and work as part of a team.

Must be able to attend a majority of meetings per year as well as other meetings/projects set by the YPC

For this application members will serve for approximately 1 year from selection.