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

Introducing the 2019 GSBA Youth Advisory Council:

Juan Angel – Valdosta City 
Seyanna Castro – Houston County 
Caleb Griffis – Carroll County 
Macy Keisler – Jackson County 
Callahan Pace – Cherokee County 
Marsha Russell – Rockdale County 
Christopher Taylor – Fulton County 
Gracelyn Williams – Dublin City 

About Us:

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 Committee is 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.

HS students in hallway


Our Mission:

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.


Program Curriculum:

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 provided 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

Roles & Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for attending:

  • One initial in-person meeting – This meeting is a “get to know you” laid back discussion so we can welcome you to the council and begin discussion of what to expect over the next few months. Travel reimbursement (mileage) and accommodations will be provided.
  • Four video conferences – This will be a Skype® meeting where we will discuss topics or concerns students may see or experience within the district. There will be articles provided to read before each discussion.
  • One panel discussion at the GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference – This will be held in Atlanta, GA on December 4-6, 2019. Travel reimbursement (mileage) and accommodations will be provided.
  • We expect students to attend all meetings.


Atlanta Skyline at Sunset