FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SERVING ON ADVISORY COUNCILS AND BOARDS
Why should I serve?
• Having a chance to help others, share what you have learned, and to help others learn.
With all my responsibilities, how can I make time for this?
Yes, time is always a problem. You will be asked to attend meetings, and you may need to do research between meetings. Find out how much of a time commitment is involved, and make sure you have – or can make – the time before you say yes. It may help to look at this time commitment as an investment: an investment in your family, in your community, and in yourself.
Can I really make change happen?
Usually, change happens when people become aware of what needs to happen, how it needs to happen, and care that it happens. You can make change happen by getting involved, giving your time and energy to the Council, and helping others to get involved.
What is an advisory council?
Advisory groups to an agency or organization. Within your community or state, there may be many opportunities to serve as part of an advisory group to an agency or organization. Generally speaking, advisory groups do not have responsibility for planning activities, fund-raising, or decision making for the organization. Their role is to advise – they study the issue at hand, collect input from members of the advisory group and perhaps externally from the community, and report back to the larger agency. Your duties on such an advisory group would probably include attending meetings, gathering information from your community, and certainly contributing your own perspective and expertise. The group may also have to prepare recommendations for the agency. Some advisory groups are permanent, and others will be disbanded after they have served their purpose of providing guidance and insight.
Some Questions You May Wish to Ask
Exactly what will my responsibilities be?
Impact of Family Advisory Councils:
• Giving providers and administrators access to an experienced, diverse group of families willing to serve in a consulting capacity for policy and program development and evaluation.
The work of family advisory councils can lead to:
• Services and programs that respond more effectively to consumer needs and priorities.