Mission: "To support and enrich the physical, emotional and social well being of youth throughout our community" Goals:
Working collaboratively with youth, town government and community
Develop a comprehensive plan that promotes the use of existing
programs and facilities
Develop new programs to meet the diverse needs of the
youth on Grand Island.
The Grand Island Youth Board believes that when young people are presented with, and given access to, youth development opportunities they can: See their own potential and avoid risky behavior. Effect positive change in their community, school and
Why we exist
The Grand Island Youth Advisory Board is an advisory board to the Town Board of Grand Island and is
dedicated to the healthy, comprehensive development of Grand Island youth through
As young people grow and develop from late
childhood to adolescence, their sense of community expands greatly.
with their family and school, their community becomes a potentially powerful
source of: Support Opportunities to become involved Opportunities to be
perceived as assets Building skills for successful
involvement Recognition for their contributions
The Grand Island Youth
Advisory Board is working toward communicating accurate and timely
information concerning issues facing children and families. We hope to facilitate
improved coordination, cooperation, and engagement among the community
youth-related organizations and town government.
What You Can Do
How All Individuals & Organizations In A Community Can Help Youth Thrive:
Learn the names of children and teenagers who live near you or
work in shops and community centers you frequent. Greet them by
Model a positive, healthy lifestyle. This includes finding peaceful
ways to resolve conflict and being motivated to achieve.
to create or expand opportunities for children and youth to participate in teams,
clubs and organizations.
Build at least one informal, ongoing, caring
relationship with a child or adolescent.
Examine your attitudes about
children and youth. See young people as resources rather than
Look out for children and youth around you. Help keep them safe.
Report dangerous and inappropriate behaviors to parents, school officials, or law
GET INVOLVED in volunteer efforts with children and
A Message From Our Youth
"Because much of
publicity given to American Youth is negative, it is important to recognize the
positive attributes of Grand Island's Youth. We strive to act as strong role
models for others through our efforts to enrich our community. In doing so, we
are contributing to a brighter future.
Who We Are
Officially established in 2000, the beginning of the new millennium, the
Grand Island Youth Advisory Board consists of 15 community members, five
of whom are Grand Island youth between the ages of 14 and 19. The Grand
Island Youth Advisory Board is interested in input from the community. We
welcome any suggestion on enhancements to youth you may have to offer. If you
are interested in becoming a member of the Grand Island Youth Advisory
Board or have any youth-related ideas, please contact the board's
If you are a member of this organization, we need your help. GIECOM.Net
has partnered with the Connections program to help Grand Island as a community
"Get it Together." Please visit our website G-I-Together.ORG and fill out our SURVEY. Every group on Grand
Island will have its own FREE web page showing: meeting times and location,
contact persons, your Mission Statement and a listing of events. We will also be
linking your news events that appear in the local media and on IsledeGrande.Com, Grand Island's E-News
Source, to your page, maintaining an archived journal of pictures and news. This
is the perfect opportunity for your group to connect with potential new members
and the community.