The time has come once again for Battle Creek's board dealing with youth issues to get new members.

The City of Battle Creek says that the Youth Advisory Board wants new members to "amplify young voices" in the city; the YAB sets its own agenda, acts on issues of their choosing related to the voice of youth, and works to make Battle Creek a better place for young people. One member sits on the dais with commissioners during City Commission meetings at City Hall.

The YAB, made up of city residents between the ages of 14 and 20, meets on the fourth Sunday of each month. Its members also participate in various community meetings and events as well; recently, the YAB volunteered with a free stake event co-hosted by the Youth Alliance Community, and greeted people at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner.

Coming up, the Youth Advisory Board is planning a community art and music event for June 22. "The Hate You Give Showcase" will raise awareness about bullying and racism in schools, and they hope to use the arts to fight back against it.

YAB applications are due by 5pm Monday, April 22. The application form can be completed online at the City of Battle Creek's website here. 

Currently, the Board's officers are:

  • Autumn Dorsey, President (Junior at Lakeview High School)
  • Sanya Sichinga, Vice President (Senior at Battle Creek Central High School)
  • Isabel Hammond, Secretary (Senior at Lakeview High School)

The application form can also be completed and printed out, and returned to the City Manager's Office at Battle Creek City Hall.