Local Advisory Council Member - St. Louis, Chicago, Denver (Application due on February 28)

Creative Reaction Lab is expanding equity through our youth programming in St. Louis, Chicago, and Denver. Join Creative Reaction Lab in amplifying a new type of civic leader: an Equity Designer (and Design Allies, working in solidarity).

Creative Reaction Lab is expanding equity through our youth programming in St. Louis, Chicago, and Denver. Join Creative Reaction Lab in amplifying a new type of civic leader: an Equity Designer (and Design Allies, working in solidarity).

Creative Reaction Lab is currently recruiting individuals to join its local advisory councils in St. Louis, Chicago, and Denver (and other volunteer board roles). If you’re interested in joining the movement for racial and health equity, consider this amazing role!

Submit your volunteer board interest application by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.


Creative Reaction Lab educates, trains, and challenges Black and Latinx youth to become leaders designing healthy and racially equitable communities. CRXLAB is creating a youth-led, community-centered movement and professional pipeline challenging racial and health inequities in the education, media, health, and government sectors. Through real-world project-based educational programs, Black and Latinx youth apply a health, racial equity, and design lens to community challenges impacting the life expectancy of both races (e.g. gun violence, food access, etc.). Striving to change the way people address systemic oppression, CRXLAB has pioneered a social justice form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (ECCD) to be the curricular foundation of our work. ECCD is based on equity, humility-building, integrating history and healing practices, addressing power dynamics, and co-creating with the community. The underlying foundation of CRXLAB’s work is that since systems of oppression, inequalities, and inequities are by design, then they can be redesigned. CRXLAB is training and deploying Black and Latinx youth to become a new type of civic leader called Equity Designers. Ultimately, CRXLAB’s work is striving to create a world that embraces the humanity, rights, and power of Black and Latinx people.

Note: Creative Reaction Lab believes that being youth-led, community-centered should extend into the local leadership of the organization. High school (15+) and college-aged students (18+) are extremely encouraged to also apply to join their Local Advisory Council.


The Local Advisory Council is the advisory committee for CRXLAB’s youth programs serving Black and Latinx youth: Design to Better [Our Community] and Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Local Advisory Council members will ensure the relevancy, sustainability, and authenticity of CRXLAB’s youth programs by fulfilling the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Assist with research and integration of local history and policies in program curriculum as it relates to city-wide racial inequities and Black and Latinx cultures within the community

  • Assist with community partner recruitment and cultivation, including community outreach, school partnership, and sponsorship support

  • Interview and select annual cohort of program(s)

  • Ambassadorship of the Design to Better [Our Community], Community Design Apprenticeship Programs, and participating youth

  • Provide feedback on the youth’s prototypes addressing the racial and health inequities in their community

  • Attend annual Local Advisory Council Meeting

  • Representing CRXLAB to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization

  • Ensuring CRXLAB’s commitment to a diverse Local Advisory Council that reflects the communities CRXLAB serves

Additional Engagement Opportunities

  • After-school meeting with youth mentee at Local Advisory Council Member’s office space

  • Invitation to attend and participate in any program session, including staff/mentors facilitation training, community pitches and the summer showcase


CRXLAB’s Local Advisory Council Members are not required to provide a financial contribution to CRXLAB. However, Local Advisory Council Members who are capable of providing financial support to CRXLAB should consider the organization a philanthropic priority.


CRXLAB’s Local Advisory Council Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for two additional terms. There is one annual Council Meeting, with further virtual and face-to-face engagement based on program scheduling (e.g. application reviews, interviewing students, visiting program sessions, etc.).


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about CRXLAB’s mission. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in the education sector, creative sector, business, racial equity, government, civil rights, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her/their accomplishments will allow him/her/them to attract other well-qualified, high-performing supporters.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  1. Educational or professional experience with early career to executive leadership accomplishments in health, media, education, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), design, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector AND/OR real-world community/topic expertise in relation to youth leadership, civic engagement, racial equity, and health equity

  2. A commitment to and understanding of CRXLAB’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience

  3. Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals

  4. Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of CRXLAB’s beneficiaries

  5. Align with CRXLAB’s values of being intentional & impactful, centering equity, focused on adaptability, displaying humility, amplifying community leadership, growing awareness to action, and shifting power.

Service on CRXLAB’s Local Advisory Council is without remuneration.

Submit your application by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.