District 211 Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

Who?

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is compiled of youth (ages 15-18) who attend schools in District 211 who are interested in creating opportunities for positive youth development in their community. YAC meetings take place once a month and are planned and led by youth with the support of the Positive Youth Development staff from the Kenneth Young Center.

Why?

The YAC’s purpose is to, “identify and address issues in the community that influence positive youth development,” such as: substance use prevention, healthy relationships, anti-bullying, etc. while also developing leadership skills.

The YAC participates in the decision and activities of the Communities for Positive Youth Development (CPYD) Coalition, while also planning community engagement activities throughout the school year (August-May) and activities for SAMHSA’s National Prevention week. The goal with the YAC is to ensure a diverse youth perspective and engagement in the community, while also earning Harper Promise hours and community service hours for school.

Where?

YAC meetings take place on the first Wednesdays of the month from 6-8p at the Trickster Art Gallery.