Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB)
The Youth Opportunities Advisory Board (YOAB) is comprised of 16 City of Boulder resident high school students, ages 14 to 18. YOAB promotes the youth voice in the community, provides opportunities for city youth, and advises the municipal government on youth-related policies and issues. Board members represent many aspects of Boulder’s youth community, are appointed by the City Manager and serve one-year renewable terms.
Reflections from YOAB members:
“YOAB has helped me not to be afraid to express my opinion.” Nancy Contreras, Fairview
“YOAB acts as a bridge between two parts of the community that rarely see eye to eye.” Sophie Browning, New Vista
“YOAB is a chance for socially- minded kids to become socially active.”Alex Novelli,
“YOAB has helped me open my eyes more to the community of Boulder and recognize the amazing cultures we have.” Bonnie Rogers, Fairview
YOAB board members:
• Help allocate approximately $130,000 annually to local youth programs through competitive grant processes
• Advise City Council, city departments, and local agencies on youth-related issues
• Implement community projects to help address youth needs
• Celebrate outstanding youth volunteers
• Promote the youth voice in Boulder
• Plan and run their own meetings
• YOAB’s Community Projects
2012-2013 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board
Back Row: Sophie Duncan, Bridger Tomlin, Simon Cann, Kevin FreymillerMiddle: Michael Clymer, Sophie Browning, Kelly Gilbert, Raine Kennedy, Jessica OsorioFront: Malie Minton, Emma Schwarz-Vacca, Nancy Contreras, Sharone Goldman, Nikko Baer, Ben Kruteck
Name High School/Year
|Ben Kruteck ADS/Jr.
Bridger Tomlin FHS/Sr.
Emma Schwarz-Vacca BHS/Sr.
Jessica Osorio BHS/So.
Kelly Gilbert FHS/So.
Kevin Freymiller WSS/Sr.
Malie Minton FHS/Fr.
Michael Clymer NVHS/So.
|Nancy Contreras FHS/Jr.
Nicholas Baer FHS/Fr.
Raine Kennedy FHS/Jr.
Sharone Goldman FHS/Jr.
Simon Cann BHS/So.
Sophie Browning NVHS/Sr.
Sophie Duncan BHS/Sr.
ADS = Alexander Dawson School
BHS = Boulder High School
FHS = Fairview High School
NVHS = New Vista High School
WSS = Watershed School
Staff Liaison/Program Coordinator: Alice Swett
The Fabulous Adult Assistance Board (FAAB) is a group of adult volunteers who support YOAB members.
Current FAAB members are Carmen Reina-Nelson, Joan Sherman, Miriam McGilvray, Will Burger, Will Murray.
Interested in joining YOAB?
The Application Process
Each spring current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders who live in the City of Boulder (including most of Gunbarrel) and are interested in joining YOAB for the next school year are encouraged to apply. No previous leadership experience is necessary. Applications are typically available just after Spring Break and are due in early April. Please check back here for an application at that time.
A subcommittee of current YOAB members will review the applications and interview applicants. New members will be invited to join based on their potential to positively contribute to the board’s work and their capacity to represent the diversity of Boulder’s youth community.
Alice Swett Youth Opportunities Program Coordinator
Rose Garcia Youth Opportunities Program Assistant
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 20:25