A board designed to help Battle Creek's young people become involved in city government is once again seeking new applicants.

The City says that the Youth Advisory Board sets its own agenda to address issues that young people might have; the overall goal is to make Battle Creek a better place for young people. YAB members meet once a month, and outside of those meetings they are encouraged to participate in community meetings and take part in volunteer efforts. One member sits on the dais with city commissioners during their meetings as well.

Members are also empowered to take part in other city government activities; in fact, at the Battle Creek City Commission meeting March 20, YAB President Abi Fukuyama was nominated to sit on the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, after a seat on the BRAC was made vacant.

Fukuyama was nominated by Commissioner Kaytee Faris, who also serves as a liason to the YAB along with Commissioner Lynn Ward Gray.

Applicants for the Youth Advisory Board need to be between the ages of 14 and 20, and applications are due by April 13. You can click here to get the application form from the City's website; once the application is filled out, they need to be turned in to the City Manager's Office at City Hall.