The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking applications from students, grades 7-12, in several area communities. The board holds three seats for each Buffalo County community and currently has the following seats available for students: Pleasanton has one seat, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller has three seats, Kearney Catholic has one seat, Shelton has two seats, Kearney has one seat, and Gibbon has two seats.
Students interested in applying can obtain an application at bcyab.org/apply. The application deadline is May 1. Interviews will begin in June, with students’ board terms beginning in August.
Buffalo County YAB is governed by a board of 30 youth and 7 adult mentors and staff, and is supported by grant funds and local donors. YAB members tackle a range of social problems that concern youth, from our economy and environment to safety, tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Members also provide grants for youth-initiated and youth-led community projects.
Youth from across Buffalo County began developing a model to empower other youth over ten years ago. Today, their motto is, “Don’t do it for us without us.” YAB is a program and a philosophy that recognizes youth as valuable resources in their community and empowers them as equal community partners to bring about positive community change.
For more information on YAB, contact the Buffalo County Community Health Partners Office at (308) 865-2284 or by email.
Buffalo County Community Partners is a county-wide effort located in central Nebraska working toward building a healthier Buffalo County by mobilizing the community to action around the Buffalo County 2020 Vision. The Partners stretch to all corners of the county in the recruitment of volunteers, assessment of health needs and impact of the initiative. The mission of the Buffalo County Community Partners is to assess, promote and strengthen the health of Buffalo County.