Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation

Youth Advisory Board

My Civic Life


To ensure a youth voice in the program, My Civic Life is guided by the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). The YAB is composed of high school students selected across The Rapides Foundation's service area.  YAB members serve hand-in-hand with the Foundation’s staff to plan and implement a fun, informative and motivational experience for youth participants and the communities they serve. 



Program Benefits

  • Develop leadership traits: Beginning with the YAB Leadership Development Training, members will participate in ongoing leadership training in order to prepare them for the challenges of affecting positive change in their schools and communities.
  • Learn new skills: YAB members participate in a series of webinars to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand, evaluate, and address the needs of their communities.
  • Collaborate and communicate: YAB Members participate in online meetings in order to share ideas and successes that they can then bring back to their school clubs.

YAB members have the opportunity to: 

  • Move beyond their comfort zones
  • Attend leadership training workshops
  • Serve as advisors to the My Civic Life program staff
  • Serve as peer-educators for service project leadership
  • Earn hours for diploma service endorsement
  • Assist in planning My Civic Life awards and recognition
  • Build resume content for college and/or jobs
  • Become alumni ambassadors
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun


What are the expectations of YAB members? 

  • Attend and actively participate in quarterly YAB meetings
  • Be role models for service
  • Be informed about civic opportunities
  • Become advocates for positive change in communities


What are the eligibility criteria for serving as a YAB member?  

  • Be a 10th, 11th or 12th grade student at a high school participating in the My Civic Life program (see participating school list)
  • Be able to attend the Youth Leadership Training Workshop in Alexandria, LA.
  • Be able to attend a majority of the online and in-person (Alexandria) YAB meetings held quarterly during the school year.
  • Be accessible via e-mail, phone, and Facebook between quarterly meetings
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