Youth Advisory Board

Activity Credit
This activity was submitted by member affiliate Keep Sugar Land Beautiful.

Grade Level

6 - 12

Objectives
  • To develop high school student environmental leaders
  • To strengthen school environmental programs
  • To engage more high school students in KTB affiliate programs and events
Method
This program was designed to create youth environmental leaders through advisory board service. A prospective student completes an application and personal interview before being chosen as a member of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Students meet monthly with the member affiliate’s Executive Director. These meetings function as opportunities to learn about program development, governmental regulations, and partnership opportunities. As board members, students brainstorm, share ideas, and problem solve, while being mentored for leadership responsibilities. Each year, current members develop or select a project to complete as a board. Additionally, students work with the ED to prepare and lead presentations for scouts, elementary, and middle school students. They may also volunteer at exhibits and outreach events or work behind the scenes with event preparation. Field trips may also be arranged to teach advisory members about water surface treatment plants, recycling, litter prevention, clean water, sustainability, reforestation, and other “green” programs. Overall, this program promotes youth leadership development and builds confident, knowledgeable stewards of sustainability.

Downloads
Youth Advisory Board Activity Guide (pdf)

Youth Advisory Board Application and Waiver (doc)

Ball of Yarn Activity Guide (pdf)