Established in 2013, the Highlands Youth (HY) Advisory Board program was put on pause for the better part of 2020 because of the pandemic. This year, I have a co-leader for the HY, Highlands Council Community Program Manager Lindsey Pinkston. Lindsey will be the adult mentor for our 12 middle school leaders, and I will remain the adult mentor for the 12 high school student leaders.
The students of the HY Advisory Board ultimately determine the projects and events to produce annually. This year’s middle school leaders will focus on service projects and event planning for the elementary-age members of the community. The high school board members will produce events for middle school students and focus on civic leadership and life skills development for themselves and their peers in our community beginning this fall.
We are proud to introduce the community to the 2021-2022 roster of student community leaders, some returning alums to the program, and many new faces. A record of 45 middle and high school students submitted applications to join the HY board this spring; 24 were selected.
Read more about the 2021-2022 high school and middle school HY board leaders below, as published in July 2021 Connections.
Christy Garrard is the Highlands Council Executive Director and a Dahlia Park resident.