YAB & YAT

Youth Advisory Board

The GUIDE Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of youth from across Gwinnett County that commit to making a difference in their community. YAB members, through monthly meetings and community events, develop and practice key leadership skills such as public speaking, group management, networking, decision-making, organization and time management.

YAB members have gone on to serve in prestigious leadership positions in other organizations and on their college campuses, received full scholarships to the colleges of their choice and continue to lead their fellow youth in community activities.

Youth Action Teams

Youth Action Teams (YAT) are formal groups of youth with at least one adult advisor that plan and implement peer-focused prevention and community service projects that positively impact their peers and/or their communities. Youth Action Teams can be established in or affiliated with schools, community organizations, faith communities, businesses, agencies, civic groups, neighborhoods or anywhere that youth naturally congregate or are invited to participate. GUIDE, Inc. and Georgia Teen Institute provides each Youth Action Team with on-going training, staff support and technical assistance, service opportunities and ideas, and financial support for general operations throughout each program year.

Currently, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides support for up to 30 Youth Action Teams in the state of Georgia in each of the 6 Regions. These 30 Youth Action Teams focus on several prevention efforts, but among the most important is the prevention of underage drinking. Listed below are our current Youth Action Teams.

Region 1

  • Dual County Defenders
  • Bartow Youth Action Team
  • Floyd Youth Action Team
  • Cobb Alcohol Task Force Youth Council
  • Marietta Middle School Youth Action Team

Region 2

  • SKWADD (Students Konstantly Working Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Volunteer Macon
  • Family Connection & Communities in Schools YEAH Club Washington County
  • Barrow Youth Action Team
  • Oglethorpe Opportunities

Region 3

  • Beyond the Bell
  • CPACS Community Action for Teens
  • CETPA HEROES
  • GUIDE, Inc. Youth Advisory Board
  • Diamond in the Rough

Region 4

  • Communities in Schools Fitzgerald / Ben Hill
  • FACES Youth Council
  • Lee County Youth Council
  • MCYAC / MCPEP
  • One Mind Leadership Team

Region 5

  • Bulloch County PRIDE
  • Camden Community Action Team
  • Candler Leads
  • Ray of Hope Girls, Inc.

Region 6

  • Spalding County Youth Advisory Council
  • Strong, Smart, & Bold

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