Youth Advisory Board

YAB logo transparent The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a program and a philosophy that recognizes youth as valuable resources in our community and empowers them as equal community partners to bring about positive community change.

Our mission: YAB is a youth-based, youth-led, and youth-driven board that provides grant funds to youth organizations for the betterment of Buffalo County communities.


If you have any other questions, or are interested in becoming involved with our coalition, please contact our youth coordinator: Josh Arias Email

Visit the YAB website to learn about their community advocacy projects, information on the board and how to join, and more.

2015 Testimonial Graphic - JB

Our Work

YAB, governed by a board of youth and adults and supported by local funders, has youth-initiated and youth-led community projects. YAB tackles a range of social problems from our economy and environment to safety, tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs.

Education and Training

YAB works to increase youth participation and recruit new board members. It ensures each Buffalo County community is represented by a youth member, and new youth members receive training on environmental strategies to impact change in their community. YAB decides on issues it feels will most likely have an impact, and is currently focused on youth stress, youth alcohol and tobacco use, and school spirit. 


YAB develops new and innovative solutions to build a healthier community. YAB’s “Youth, Take a Stand” campaign has utilized billboard, radio, and TV public service announcements to discourage underage drinking.

YAB members, in their Take a Stand shirts, line up at their April 2013 meeting.

The 2013-2014 Youth Advisory Board.

Our History

Youth provided the foundation for Buffalo County Community Partner’s work in Building a Healthier Buffalo County. Buffalo County youth coined the motto “Don’t do it for us without us,” in 1999. This motto was used to develop county wide youth leadership to tackle issues faced by youth.

The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board began in 2000 with over 50 Buffalo County youth engaged in building a model youth board that would encompass all Buffalo County communities. Youth in 7th-12th grade, from the following communities serve on the board:

  • Amherst
  • Elm Creek
  • Gibbon
  • Kearney
  • Kearney Catholic
  • Pleasanton
  • Ravenna
  • Shelton
  • Sumner-Eddyville-Miller

The board consists of at least 30 individuals, with a 5:1 ratio of youth to adults. Members are selected based on experience, interest, and commitment to the YAB philosophy and the Buffalo County community. Members reflect the geographic, ethnic, and economic diversity of the Buffalo County community.

Click here to view the current board.