Youth Advisory Council

DateJune 2, 2023
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1. How did you hear about YAC and why are you interested in joining? What specific qualities would you bring to the council?

I heard about it from some of my friends. I would bring my passion to make our community more enjoyable for everyone.

2. What does community service mean to you and how have you been impacted by community service?

Community service means giving back to the community that has shaped us as people. Community service has help me and my family and many other families get through tough times.

3. YAC has identified the following youth issues as concerns in our community: (a) Academic pressure, (b) Mental health, (c) Vaping/e-cigarettes. Choose one of the issues. Discuss steps you would recommend taking to address the concern. *Write a minimum of 200 words

Mental health is a big issue. Even though our schools have counselors, that isn’t enough. Maybe the counselors don’t know what your going through cause they haven’t been through it themselves. Or maybe you don’t feel comfortable talking to your counselor. People feel more comfortable talking to someone they know has been through what they’re going through. My solution is give kids more options about who they can go to. Make everyone know if websites that can help. We need to be even more open about the topic so people know it’s ok and there’s someone else who has gone through this. We also need to make it known that what they’re feeling isn’t stupid, even if you get anxious over something small, your still worthy of getting help. I’m not saying get more counselors i’m saying we need to show kids that there’s more options other than the counselors. Some kids don’t feel comfortable talking to their counselor about it because they’ll have to see them the next day at school and they might feel judged. Mental health is a huge topic we can’t brush over anymore. We need everyone to know it’s ok to feel the way you do, and there’s help out there for you.

4. If accepted to YAC, how will you prioritize your commitment to the organization? What extra-curricular events/activities might interfere with your YAC participation?

I will prioritize YAC by going to every event i can, and making sure i’m helping. I am apart of the cross country team and I also dance competitively.

5. Have you applied for YAC membership in the past? If so, when?

I have not.