The Buffalo County Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is seeking applications from students in grades 8-12 in several area communities. The board holds three seats for each Buffalo County community and currently has:
- one seat available for Amherst High School students,
- one seat available for Elm Creek students,
- one seat available for Gibbon students,
- two seats available for Kearney Public School students,
- two seats available for Kearney Catholic students,
- one seat available for Pleasanton students,
- one seat available for Sumner-Eddyville-Miller students,
- two seats available for Shelton students.
Students interested in applying can obtain an application at the YAB website. The application deadline is May 1, with interviews beginning in July. Students’ board terms will begin 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.
Over ten years ago, youth from across Buffalo County began developing a model to empower other youth. 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 our community and empowers them as equal community partners to bring about positive community change. For more information on YAB, contact Youth Coordinator Mark Foradori at 308-865-2290 or by email.