The Youth Advisory Board of Berks County Community Foundation and Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading consists of 30 high school students from 13 different school districts across Berks County. The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) meets regularly and serves as a YVC leadership team to create and lead service projects that will take place during the upcoming school year. Additionally, YAB students steward a youth philanthropy fund through Berks County Community Foundation that allows the group to grant up to $15,000 per year to local agencies in youth-chosen issue areas. The purpose of the Youth Advisory Board is to ensure that youth voice is heard and represented in the service work for YVC events.
This team, supported by our trained volunteers, will:
- Work with a diverse group of students from across the county
- Have an opportunity to share their voice and their passion with their peers and community
- Brainstorm project ideas
- Create action plans
- Recruit volunteers and develop relationships with community partners
- Receive team building and leadership training
- Attend YVC service opportunities to participate in hands-on volunteering and participate in the culminating celebration on Global Youth Service Day in City Park in April
The application for the 2021-2022 Youth Advisory Board is now open. All high-school students from Berks County are encouraged to apply here. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will close on May 30, 2021 with interviews occurring in June and YAB members chosen by July 1.
For further information please contact RachelK@voiceupberks.org.
More information on the capstone service project developed by YAB for the 2019-2020 school year is available here.