The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is meant to support Get IN Chicago by representing voices from our focus communities, collaborating to implement change, and informing Get IN Chicago and its partners about community needs and challenges.
Past YAB events have included participation in Allstate’s Youth Shout Out partnership to develop safer neighborhoods and led discussions for the The Chicago Community Trust On the Table event. Get IN Chicago has organized service and leadership training and mentor meet-and-greets, and guest speakers for the YAB members. The YAB also attended a White Sox game, technology-based programs at the Shedd Aquarium, and productions of Animal Farm at the Steppenwolf Theatre, The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre and a Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre.
Youth Advisory Board Members
Briannda is a junior at Michele Clark Early College Prep. She’s an active participant at BUILD, Inc. and enjoys slam poetry. Briannda plans to attend college and study medicine.
Marckeith is a junior at Urban Prep Academy-Englewood, where he is a member of National Honors Society and plays for the school’s Chess Team. He joined the Youth Advisory Board to help address the problems in his community and is confident in his community’s ability to work together to solve the problems for the next generation. After High School, he hopes to attend college and find a career that he loves.
Briana is a junior at Sullivan High School where she plays on the softball and volleyball team. She is involved in her local YMCA, and her favorite subject is science. After high school, she hopes to apply her love for science to a career in nursing.
Quinten is a senior at Perspectives Charter School, where he plays for the basketball team. Basketball is his favorite activity, and he thinks that it might help to reduce violence and gang activity in his neighborhood.
Arnold is a junior at Holy Trinity High School. He enjoys his English classes, and he aspires to be a lawyer. He joined the Youth Advisory Board because he loves the people in his community. He sees a lot of problems in his community and wants to help fix them.
Graduated YAB members stay involved with the group as a Member At-Large, attending events when possible and providing leadership and mentoring to younger members.
Antwan is a student at Philander Smith College. He enjoys writing and filming documentary pieces about being a youth in his neighborhood. He joined the Youth Advisory Board to make his community safer for young people like himself, and he hopes that his efforts will bring more opportunities to his community.
Dwayne is a graduate of Rowe-Clark High School. He joined the Youth Advisory Board to contribute his ideas to aid urban communities. He plans to obtain a degree in film and one day own a production company.
Lakerrie attends DePaul University. He joined the Youth Advisory Board so he could have his voice heard and help to combat the gang problems in his neighborhood. He plans to pursue a career in Radiology.
Lavelle attends Northeastern Illinois. Lavelle was inspired to join the Youth Advisory Board by his desire to empower himself & his peers. He loves the culture of his community & dreams of attending graduate school.
Demarcus is a graduate of Urban Prep Academies-Englewood, and his favorite subject is History. Demarcus wants to make his neighborhood safer, so he and his peers can enjoy their community without fearing violence.
Ardamis will graduate from Youth Connection Leadership Academy this summer. He is actively involved with the Chicago Urban League and advocates for strong, sustainable African-American communities. After graduating, he hopes to join the military.