The GUIDE Youth Advisory Board Wants You!

Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you like to volunteer? Are you looking for opportunities to get to know other teens in Gwinnett, make an impact in the community and build skills that will help you be successful in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions, keep reading!

GUIDE is currently seeking rising 9th-12th graders to join the 2015-2016 Youth Advisory Board (YAB). You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

An initiative of GUIDE, the YAB is a group of youth from across Gwinnett County who come together to learn leadership skills, provide input to various aspects of GUIDE programming and conduct substance abuse prevention projects. Our YAB members are committed to making a positive impact in the community and stay busy throughout the school year with projects that truly make a difference. Some examples of meaningful activities our YAB participates in are implementing Sticker Shock campaigns, attending local festivals to disseminate information, planning Red Ribbon Week projects and so much more!

photo 3 (2)This experience provides several leadership opportunities including potentially serving as President, Vice President or Secretary of the YAB; participating in Georgia Teen Institute; and, for two selected YAB members, serving on GUIDE’s Board of Directors.


Are you hooked yet? In order to be on the 2015-2016 YAB, applicants must:

  • Be able to communicate with GUIDE program staff via email on a weekly basis;
  • Attend monthly meetings on Friday evenings at the GUIDE office in Lawrenceville;
  • Have reliable transportation to and from all meetings and events;
  • Be alcohol, tobacco and other drug free; and
  • Have a positive attitude.

Previous leadership experience is preferred, but all youth are welcome to apply.

Upon acceptance to the YAB, members will attend a three-day orientation from July 14th-16th to get to know each other and learn information to help them be successful during the upcoming school year. Starting in the fall, YAB members will begin to help plan, implement and evaluate events designed to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use during regular meetings and events.

Former YAB members have gone on to serve in prestigious leadership positions in other organizations and on their college campuses, receive full scholarships to colleges of their choice and continue to successfully implement leadership skills in their careers.

In the video below, you can hear from current YAB members as they share what the YAB is, the impact it has had on their lives and information about the application process.


We are no longer accepting applications.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2015-2016 GUIDE YAB has passed. For general information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Stokes, the Youth Advisory Board Co-Coordinator, at 678-377-4136 or

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