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Teen Advisory Board Bylaws



  • Members are 13-18 years old and currently patients of Children's Mercy (membership may extend beyond age 18 if still a current patient).

  • The board consists of a minimum of eight members.

  • Meetings facilitators include the Family Centered Care Manager, Child Life Director, and Child Life Supervisor.

  • A minimum of one board member will be chosen to be the board's president(s).

  • Members should not miss more than 60% of meetings due to unexcused absences.

  • Members display mutually respectful behaviors at all times.

  • Members will maintain good attendance and good efforts at school.



  • The board meets once every month on Monday evenings. There may be additional meetings due to special events.

  • The meetings will be 1 hour in length at a predetermined location.

  • The meeting agenda and minutes will be distributed to all appropriate individuals.

Parental involvement


  • Parents support their teen's involvement in the Teen Advisory Board.

  • The parent(s) assumes responsibility for transportation to the meetings and activities.

  • A parent authorization form allowing pictures of the board members to be taken will be signed. These pictures may be used for various projects or publicity.

Member recommendations


  • Member recommendations are received from Children's Mercy personnel. All recommendations must go through the TAB application process. Qualities to consider when making recommendations are:

  • Amount and type of hospital or clinic experience.

  • The teen's willingness to express feelings, ask questions and share ideas.

  • The parent's commitment to support their teen in this group and to provide transportation for their teen to and from the meetings.

  • The teen's ability to maintain interest in a one to two hour meeting.

  • The teen has good attendance and good grades at school.