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

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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. 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, and much more. 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.

GSBA’s Youth Advisory Council

Receive a paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia

Gain leadership + public speaking experience

Participate in civic engagement + have the ability to impact policies in Georgia

Build relationships + share thoughts with other students around the state

2023 Youth Advisory Council

Taylor Lasoff
Puraav Karanavat
Keyonna Sease
Aidan Jones
Judah Whaley
Haley Foust
Azelea Bowdry
Eric Suster
Ashton Henson

Youth Advisory Council Application Timeline

Please note that this is subject to change each year.

The first round of applications for the Youth Advisory Council open in early March and close in late March. The applicants who make it to the second round submit a video application in early April. Those who are chosen to be on that year’s Youth Advisory Council are notified in early May.

Contact the GSBA YAC Coordinators

You can reach the YAC Coordinators at

Past Districts Represented

Barrow County
Ben Hill County
Bleckley County
Bryan County
Carroll County
Cherokee County
Columbia County
Dublin City

Forsyth County
Fulton County
Gwinnett County
Houston County
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Mitchell County
Muscogee County

Newton County
Oconee County
Pike County
Richmond County
Rockdale County
Valdosta City
Walker County

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.

Contact the GSBA Youth Advisory Council Coordinators at

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on how to sponsor the GSBA Youth Advisory Council student leaders, please visit the Business Opportunities page.

Thank you 2023 Youth Advisory Council Sponsors!