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

Chris Carter JrChris is a senior at Urban Prep Academy-Bronzeville. He joined the Youth Advisory Board to help stop violence in his community. He plans to attend college to play basketball and study engineering.

Briannda Edwards

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.

AkiaAkia is a senior at Frederick Douglas High School in Austin. She loves event planning and hopes to eventually pursue a degree in computer science.

AlyssaAlyssa is a senior at Frederick Douglass High School in Austin.  Alyssa is a dancer, youth leader, and Sunday School teacher.

Marckeith HarrisMarckeith 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.

Brianna HyattBriana 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.

CharliseCharlise is a senior at Team Englewood, where she runs track and swims.  This summer, she is a Greencorps participant.

LuisLuis is a freshman at Multicultural Academy of Scholarship (Little Village Lawndale). He is involved with Youth Guidance’s B.A.M. and Louder Than A Bomb, a youth poetry slam festival.

Quinten WhitesideQuinten 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 YoungArnold 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.

Members At-Large

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 BarnerAntwan 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 ChambersDwayne 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 ForrestLakerrie 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.

LaFrance LucasLaFrance attends Malcolm X College. He proudly serves as a mentor to younger youth at Westside Health Authority. LaFrance is passionate and vocal of the issues in his community.

Lavell RogersLavelle 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 SealsDemarcus 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 SimsArdamis 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.

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