Youth Advisory Board Holds First Yearly Meeting

Youth Advisory Board Holds First Yearly Meeting

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) came together for their first meeting of the year in August. The members had a board orientation going through expectations for the year, and then they proceeded with the meeting. “Our meeting was very informative and I think it was a great start to the new school year! I’m so excited that there are new faces and new ideas,” said Maria Klingelhoefer, senior YAB member from Amherst. The group began with...

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Youth Summer Leadership Retreat

The Youth Advisory Board had a chance to practice their team work skills, get to know new members, and enjoy each other’s company at their summer retreat. The retreat was at Team Concepts in Kearney. Josh Erickson, taught them about how to be leaders of a team. Erickson said, “The most effective under utilized skill is knowing how to help people in their engagement cycle.” Erickson taught the youth how to help people see they...

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Youth Advisory Board Conducts Interviews

Youth Advisory Board Conducts Interviews

The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board conducted interviews in April for next year’s new board members. To apply, students fill out an application and current YAB board members conducts the interviews. The interviews started with all the youth doing an ice breaker game. “I love the way YAB conducts their interviews. By having student led interviews, you definitely feel more comfortable, and at ease. By getting everyone involved,...

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Youth Advisory Halloween Meeting

Youth Advisory Halloween Meeting

The Youth Advisory Board came together for a Fall Retreat/Halloween party consisting of an afternoon of fun games and hard work. YAB members were invited to come to the Elm Creek school dressed in a fun Halloween costume. The meeting started out with fun games and treats for all to share before the students go working. Each year the YAB students create sub groups to work during the year. The topics this year are School Spirit, drug and alcohol...

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Youth Gather & Discuss Current Issues

Youth Gather & Discuss Current Issues

The Youth Advisory Board came together for their first meeting on August 21. Josh Arias is serving as the full time youth coordinator and will be leading the students. The group started by spending time getting to know each other. Being from different schools all through Buffalo County most of the students do not know each other. “This year I want to make more connections with the new and current YAB members moreover, I hope to meet new youth...

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YAB Youth Leadership Summit 2016

“The Buffalo County Youth Leadership Summit was an awesome experience! The speakers were very engaging and inspirational. I learned a lot about how to put leadership into action versus just talking about it. Planning the summit with the Youth Advisory Board was a great learning experience, also. We really learned how to bounce ideas off of each other and then choose the ones that were best for what we were trying to accomplish. Launch...

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YAB Constructing Ravenna Youth Building 2002

YAB Constructing Ravenna Youth Building  2002

In 2002 the Ravenna youth had a building on their mind. The Youth Center began when a group of Ravenna students, knows as the S.W.A.T. or Students Warning Adolescents about Tobacco, received a $100,000 grant to start building a youth center. These students had the same passion for advocacy and awareness as did the Youth Advisory Board students. The youth recognized that they needed a place to do homework, have meetings, and could gather in a...

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Youth Advisory Board History

Youth Advisory Board History

The Founding of YAB 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. Starting in 1997, Buffalo County youth attended Youth Congress events to develop community specific projects. Some of those projects...

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Melissa Farris: Back to 2003

In 2003 the Youth Advisory Board was still in it’s early stages. By 2004 the group had secured funding and developed a board structure. Even though 03 was still in the beginning that did not stop youth like Melissa Farris from diving into YAB activities.  On October 16, 2003 the Kearney Hub ran an article on the Pleasanton Junior, on how children were looking up to her. Her involvement in many activities, a positive attitude and her...

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