The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.


Youth Advisory Council


The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) was formed by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to give high school students the opportunity to provide meaningful input to school board members. The goal of the feedback is to help aid school board members in their decision making and implementation processes. The YAC Coordinators are comprised of GSBA staff and will serve as a resource to students enrolled in the program. Through this program, we hope that students and school board members can achieve greater awareness regarding academic programs and school climate.


The mission of the GSBA Youth Advisory Council is to serve and enhance communication among students, teachers and board members within the state of Georgia. The council advises the board members of student interests and provides recommendations on topics ranging from academic programs to school climate.


YAC members will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and contribute to their community by affecting positive change for students across Georgia. Not only will these discussions impact the lives of other students, but it will also provide valuable knowledge for public education leaders throughout the state. Topics that the students will be exploring include:

    • School Climate and Safety
    • Social and Emotional Needs of Today’s Students
    • College and Career Opportunities
    • Public Speaking
    • And Much More

    Applications are now open for the 2020 GSBA Youth Advisory Council!

    Applying is a two-round process. The first round is submitting an electronic application to the YAC Coordinators. Chosen applicants will move forward to the next and final round which requires a video submission based on a topic of the applicant’s choice. To apply, email your completed application to by 11:59 PM on February 21, 2020.

    Requirements for Consideration:

    • Sophomore or Junior in the 2020-2021 school year
    • Attend a public school in the state of Georgia
    • Must commit to attending all YAC meetings – two in-person and 4 video conferences
    • Must complete the full application process – electronic application (1st round) and video submission (2nd round)
    • Be open-minded and willing to work with peers

    Please read our YAC information document prior to applying for a more detailed list of expectations, meetings, the selection process, and more. Click here to download an application. PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND OPEN THE APPLICATION IN ADOBE. 


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