Youth Advisory Board: Make an Impact

YABYouth Leadership is key to the success of Lee's Summit CARES. Youth bring creativity, leadership and energy to many of Lee's Summit CARES' initiatives that work to prevent and reduce underage drinking and substance abuse in our community.

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of high school students who work to provide activities and advocacy to promote a healthy and youth friendly environment.  Youth Advisory Board is similar to the high school Smart Clubs.  Members must sign a pledge that they will be substance free. The difference is that Youth Advisory Board is community wide and members gain experience working on community issues focused on youth substance abuse and teen violence.

The Community Safe Prom and Graduation campaign is designed each year by the youth. The Youth Advisory Board also hosts Youth Forums with local high school students to work on issues facing teens. The Youth Advisory Board meets once monthly during the school year.

How To Join

Youth Advisory Board Mission:

To actively involve teens in providing activities and advocacy to promote a healthy and youth-friendly community.

Youth Advisory Board membership is open, by application to high school students in the Lee’s Summit area who live, play and party substance-free.   Applications are available here, from high school Resource Officers, high school Smart Club sponsors or by calling 816.347.3298.


Why Youth Advisory Board?

YAB Besides having an opportunity to meet teens and develop friendships with students from other high schools, community service hours are granted for participation in all events and at every group meeting.

Members Strive To:

  • Practice good health habits by committing to a drug free lifestyle.
  • Be open-minded and respectful of every individual.
  • Remember that “knowledge is power”. The more you know about ATOD, the better choices you can make.
  • Be friendly and optimistic to everyone, encouraging others to participate in ATOD free activities.
  • Demonstrate positive character traits.