Youth Action Council
Support YAC Youth Trainers – buy a hoagie for February 3rd!
Super Bowl Hoagie Flyer
The IGESL Youth Action Council promotes youth-directed community engagement through a service learning framework.
Who we are
The Youth Action Council is comprised of local middle and high school students who are interested in improving their community through community service and service learning. Members of the IGESL YAC help to support the mission of the IGESL and promote service-learning in their community.
What we do
- Support our community through community service and service-learning projects,
- help students and teachers become more involved in connecting important issues like poverty, hunger, homelessness, health, education and safety issues to their programs or classroom study through service-learning,
- form partnerships to bring additional resources to support service-learning to our schools and community organizations, and
- share our expertise with others at local, state, and national levels.
Work Processes and Communication Structure
The Youth Action Council is currently led by three youth Co-chairs. All members have an opportunity to take a leadership role in YAC by participating in meeting facilitation, organizing a service opportunity for the group, or joining the Youth Training Team.
The Council communicates online through email and Face book with members, family members, school/organization liaisons, community partners and others interested in service-learning, leadership and the work of the YAC.
YAC meetings are held once monthly at the IGESL on the second Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
In an effort to bring strong youth voice, advocacy and support to advance service learning in our community, our state, and our nation, IGESL YAC members:
- Identify, plan and organize local community service and service-learning initiatives
- Write, manage and/or implement service-learning grants on behalf of the IGESL YAC,
- Develop partnerships to bring additional resources for service learning into the IGESL,
- Engage in ongoing reflection to identify personal, civic, and academic gains of participation in the IGESL YAC
- Keep an open mind and keep a sense of humor
- Have fun!
Membership is open to middle and high school students in the communities surrounding the IGESL. To qualify, students must be in good standing with their school and community. (This means good grades and attendance at school as well as a lack of discipline issues at school and in the community) Students must have a special interest in promoting active community involvement among fellow youth and to helping adults connect such community activism to study in a school, community or faith based organizations.
Members must be willing to commit approximately eight hours per month to YAC activities.
2011- 2012 IGESL Youth Action Co-Chairs
- Brianna Kinney – Villa Marie High School
- Ryan Lennon – Holy Ghost Prep
- Marissa Moran – Villa Marie High School
Youth Training Team
Interested YAC members can join a team of youth service-learning trainers led by the IGESL and including members of other YACs across the country.
Members of the Youth Training Team:
- Share knowledge, expertise, and experience on local, state, and national panels
- Conduct and co-facilitate training sessions for youth and adults on topics including service-learning standards for quality practice, dropout prevention, civic engagement, leadership, and more!