Youth Advisory Board members ran a dunk tank fundraiser at the 2015 Old Town Holiday Festival
Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
In June, 1999, city ordinance authorized the appointment of 19 members and two alternates to the city’s first Youth Advisory Board. Acting in the same role as adult advisory boards relating to planning, zoning, library, and zoning adjustments, this board of youth advises the City on the development of public recreation as well as programs, events, ordinances and proposals pertaining to youth within our community. In addition to the meetings, the board participates in other activities throughout the year. Click here for the Annual Calendar of Activities.
Representatives from all areas of the City come from local schools, as well as charter and private schools. Interested youth must be enrolled in school and currently be in grades 7 – 11. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Development and Community Services Building at the Peoria City Hall Complex.
To apply and for more details, the agendas and minutes of the meetings and duties, click here.
For questions, contact Kevin Naughton, 623-773-8627
Youth Advisory Board Mini Grants
These $200 grants target projects that improve the quality of life for, or provide service for youth. The primary targets are resident youth in the Peoria community. The Youth Advisory Board created these grants as a means to support projects and ventures that specifically address the ever changing needs of youth. Funding for these grants is raised solely through Board efforts; no funding for these grants comes from the City of Peoria's annual budget. Organizations or individuals seeking a mini grant must submit a proposal, and it must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. A subcommittee of Board members will screen proposals and within seven days, invite no more than five organizations to present their proposal to the Youth Advisory Board. The Board, as a whole, will select the grant recipients. Proposals are accepted throughout the year; grants are awarded in February and September.
Download the Youth Advisory Board Mini Grant brochure for more specific information.
Boards and Commissions Youth Liaison Program
In an effort to generate additional youth civic engagement opportunities, the Peoria Youth Advisory Board oversees the Boards and Commission Youth Liaison Program. Through this program Peoria resident youth participate in the following Peoria Boards and Commissions:
- Arts Commission
- Historic Preservation Commission
- Library Board
- Parks & Recreation Board
- Veterans Memorial Board
For details about the program, download the Boards and Commission Youth Liaison Guidelines
To apply, fill out the Boards and Commission Youth Liaison Application