Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee
What is the Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee?
The City of Kerrville offers the Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee (KYAC) program for local high school students. This is an opportunity for local young adults to join a unique organization and provide valuable perspectives on volunteerism, community service and other issues facing local youth to the mayor and city leadership.
The council gives input on how the city’s programs and services can benefit young people. The council represents:
• diverse ideas
• youth from different cultural backgrounds
• students from public, private and alternative schools
The KYAC is a board of 15 members who are interested in learning about municipal government, serving their community and becoming leaders among their peers.
What does the Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee do?
The KYAC works to minimize community challenges relating to youth, while encouraging positive growth and development. As a group, the KYAC meets with representatives from the city government to learn about programs and to offer suggestions on ways government can better serve the youth of Kerrville.
Members are asked to:
• Explore issues
• Get the facts
• Discuss solutions to issues defined by the youth of our community
• Be prepared to present their findings to City Council
Who should consider becoming part of the Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee?
• Youth in grades 9 - 12 who would like to use their experience and know-how to improve city government.
• Teens who would like to gain leadership experience.
• Those who are ready to meet new people and make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Why join Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee?
• Opportunities to make life-long friendships.
• Attend camps and conferences as a representative of KYAC and the City of Kerrville.
• Have a positive impact on your community.
• Develop and enhance leadership skills.
• Have fun.
The Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee (KYAC) shall be advisory in nature for the purpose of providing participation from a youthful point of view for the Kerrville City Council on community affairs and issues. Additionally, the program provides an overview of the complexity and variety of opportunities, through public service, and empowers youth from various backgrounds to become active members in their community, encouraging them to have an everlasting effect on the future of their city.
The KYAC serves Kerrville through community participation, taking initiatives directed toward effective change that benefits local youth and provides positive community impact through organized participation in various city sponsored activities and events.
Develop youth leaders committed to learning about local government and the roles they can have in it; make a difference in the community and the lives of youth; recognize and use their voice; and represent other youth in the City of Kerrville.
To accomplish their goals they will have access to the leaders in the City of Kerrville and will work actively with them to create their shared vision of a Kerrville that values its youth.
CODE OF CONDUCT
I pledge to join the City of Kerrville in being a role model in a community where we all respectfully and harmoniously live, work, shop and play, and to encourage personal responsibility and a commitment to ensure Kerrville remains a community of respect, embracing and celebrating our diversity.
Therefore, I promise to:
• Be a caring citizen, always looking out for and supporting others.
• Respect and listen to those in authority.
• Be considerate of the environment and the property of others.
• Be respectful in my behavior and attitude by not being disorderly, disruptive, or using inappropriate language.
• Choose not to engage in behaviors or acts harmful or offensive to others or myself.
• Always be brave, steadfast, and stand up for and speak up for what is right.
QUALIFICATION OF CRITERIA
• The program will only be open to youth in grades 9 – 12.
• Applicants must be a resident of Kerr County.
• Students themselves should complete the application.
• Applications will be evaluated and selected students will be offered an interview.
• Admission will be offered based on final evaluation of interview and applications.
• Enrollment is limited and diversity is sought in class makeup that is representative of the community.
• Students must commit to attending all sessions. Events will include an induction ceremony, mock council presentations, a 'Meet the Chiefs' session, and city tour, among others.
• Applicants must have solid communications skills.
• Applicants must be able to work well with others in a collaborative manner.
• Applicants must be able to think holistically seeing the challenges but they must also be willing to actively search for and work toward solutions.
• Applicants must maintain good academic performance.
The Kerrville Youth Advisory Committee is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.
Please click here for the application packet. Parent and student consent form must also be completed.