Youth Advisory Council

DateJune 16, 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 YAC from a school administrator, and I am intrested in joining YAC for the involvemnet with the allocating of funds for the improvement pertaing to the lives of youth in our community. Along with the communtiy service needed to support the businesses and civil services that provide benifits for not only youth in the communty, but the community as a whole. As a memeber of YAC, I would bring the many skills to the table including, but not limited to organzation, graphic design, photography, team mangement, and public relations. Do to my experncine with youth after working at Owasippe Scout Reservation in Twin Lake, Michigan, I bring professional experince with youth from all age groups. Which is useful when reviewing funding that is aimed at improving the life of children in the community.

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

Community service to me, is self-less act of volunteering in projects that serve to improve, maintain, and or assit with services, areas, and members of the community with the expection of nothing in return. Marshall is a good area to look at the amount of service and volunteer projects that impact the community, They have also personaly impacted me, without many of those projects my life and others as well would be much duller.

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

Academic pressure is a pressing issue, often due to students lacking time management skills and mindset needed to tackle their workload. These are often the root cause to overwhelming academic pressure, but when students do not properly understand material and assignments given this often leads to overwhelming amounts of stress and in most cases withdrawal from the situation. Which can lead to grade drops, self-imposed social isolation, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, feelings of abandonment, and in severe situations self-harm and suicide. To improve the lives of students, things including the importance of time management, the daily workload of each class, and methods to ask for help when struggling to understand a concept should be discussed with students during the start of the school year, starting with the introduction of this practice at sixth grade level. To assist this practice in working, teachers should start to integrate time management exercises in-class at the the fourth grade level to better prepare for use of these skills later in their academic career. Also bring in older students, school counselors, and academic advisors who can explain the importance of these skills and use in their daily life, also have them remind students to schedule downtime and breaks for themselves, teach them the importance of making an academic support system, and if they are struggling show them how to use their academic support system. All of these practices expose students to these essential skills that they will use in their everyday life, and will better prepare them to manage the stressful workload that comes with middle and more so high school.

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?

My participation in YAC only overlaps with one my extracurricular activities but I plan on meeting with the director and discussing my possible coming at a later time to complete my commitments resposablity.

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

I have not applied in the past.