Youth 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.
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.
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.