“City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board Kicks Off 25th Year of Service”
The City Youth Advisory Board, created in 1991, serves as a liaison between the Oak Ridge City Council and the youth of the community. In the 25 years since its inception, the YAB has offered input on City issues and also provided activities and programs that enhance the lives of young people in Oak Ridge.
On Wednesday, August 3rd, the newly appointed members of the City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board attended their first meeting of the 2016-2017 term of office. City staff liaison Matt Reedy conducted the meeting and Sandy Sexton of the City Clerk’s office assisted the members through the swearing-in process. City Councilman Chuck Hope, who currently serves on the YAB Application Screening Panel, also attended the meeting to wish the students well on a new year.
YAB member and ORHS Senior Brent Robinson was elected as YAB Chairman. In other elections senior member Stella Powell was elected as Vice-Chair, senior Shreyank Patel was elected Treasurer, and junior Candace Pang was elected Secretary.
At the YAB meeting on Wednesday, August 17th YAB members will meet to set annual goals. The YAB will vote on continuing some of its most popular events including Graduation Celebration, Water Awareness, and Dodgeball Tournaments, while also considering many other new ideas.
“The discussion on goals is the most important discussion that we will have during the year,” Reedy said. “Each YAB member will be given a chance to share an idea or dream for Oak Ridge and each of them will accept leadership responsibilities for at least one program or event during the year. Board members will learn valuable skills through policy discussions, volunteering, event planning and partnership building which will be a benefit to them throughout their lives.”
YAB meetings are held twice per month on Wednesday afternoons at the Oak Ridge Civic Center and are open to the public. Board members serve a one-year term of office and must re-apply in May of each year. If you have questions about the City YAB, contact Matt Reedy at 425-3442 or visit the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department website at: www.orrecparks.org.