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 from around Buffalo County,” said Mia Kegley.
The students ended with a time of brainstorming ideas and topics that they want to spend time discussing and addressing the coming year.
“I’m excited to meet other people from my community and at the same time, have a positive impact on those communities,” said Mason Casper.
Arias said, “I’m excited to work with these students this year. They brought so much energy to the meeting and thought of great topics to work on in each of their schools this year. It is fun seeing them learn that every school deals with a lot of the same issues.” Suicide prevention, drug & alcohol prevention, suicide prevention training, dealing with stress/self-care, marijuana use, sex education, nutrition, and the arts are the topics that the students want to delve into this year.
The YAB motto is, “Don’t do it for us without us.” 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. See their website to keep updated on what they are working on bcyab.org.
“I can’t wait to make a difference in my community by helping Buffalo County to be a safer place for young people.”
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