Peoria youth board gets it done, sets future goals

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The Peoria Youth Advisory Board got a lot done this year.

The 19-member board of 6th to 12th graders participated in a variety of activities, ranging from education and life preparation to safety and civic engagement.

The group provided job preparation training for youth at the annual teen job fair, participated in an anti-tobacco campaign and attended and participated in the Stand up, Speak Out, Save a Life conference.

The group also created a video to promote Peoria’s POGO circulator bus on social media.

The group has set a number of goals for the 2019-20 school year, including increasing leadership development opportunities for peers, evaluating the Youth Master Plan and offering additional financial literacy as well as college/career readiness workshops for peers.

The Youth Advisory Board also plans to increase the level of civic engagement in community events, awareness campaigns and service learning projects to help promote healthy neighborhoods.

The goal falls under the proposed general plan, which has a chapter called Healthy Neighborhoods, which outlines a pathway to protect and enhance the health, safety, and general welfare of Peoria’s citizens, workers and visitors by integrating health-promoting design and development practices at the building or project scale. The chapter states that elevating the vitality of the people by promoting health and wellness in the built environment enhances both property and community values.

Family and Youth Services Superintendent Brian Carrico said one big aspect of the youth board is community outreach.

“The Peoria Youth Advisory Board strives to promote healthy neighborhoods with increased efforts in civic engagement, leadership development and workshops for youth,” Mr. Carrico said. “During the goal planning process, each board member made a personal commitment serve their peers at their school and in their community.”

There are 19 members and two alternates on the Youth Advisory Board. Members of the board have varied backgrounds and interests, live throughout the city, and are students at eight public schools, one private school and home school.

Philip Haldiman can be reached at 623-876-3697, phaldiman@newszap.com, or on Twitter @philiphaldiman.

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