The Buffalo County Advisory Board is beginning its recruitment for the 2012-2013 school year! What is the Youth Advisory Board (YAB)? It is a youth-based, youth-led, youth-driven board that provides grant funds to youth organizations for the betterment of Buffalo County communities. Students from all the Buffalo County schools, grades 7-12, make up the board and meet once a month to tackle a range of social problems that concern them, from our economy and environment to safety, tobacco, alcohol and other illegal drugs.

In past years, YAB has hosted an annual Youth Summit and has put a media campaign into communities encouraging students to Take a Stand against making negative decisions, such as participating in underage drinking. The board makes an annual trip to the State Capitol to meet with state senators and discuss issues in legislation that they are concerned about.

Have a student that is interested in making a difference in their community? YAB is a great opportunity to be involved, make connections and learn about making lasting change in their communities. Applications are available now at the Community Partners web site and the YAB web site. Applicants must get the signature of their school counselor, so keep that in mind as they apply. The application deadline is June 1, 2012 and should be returned to Buffalo County Community Partners: P.O. Box 1466, Kearney, NE 68848-1466. Call 308-865-2284 with questions!

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