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Who We Are

The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 12 to 18 students, ages 14 to 18, who serve a two-year term. The board meets monthly to contribute their perspective and act as a decisive influence regarding various aspects of the city park system. From recreation, programming, and park designs, members of the board will learn various aspects of park operation and city government. All will focus on improving youth participation and attendance in their neighborhood parks and the city’s 129-park system. Members are selected to serve as officers and lead board meetings.

Advisory Board Members

Katie AmendGraduating Member
Caroline FawcettGraduating Member
Katie BuerkGraduating Member
Anna OhashiGraduating Member
Asie FieldsGraduating Member
Cami CohenourGraduating Member
Caitlyn ScottGraduating Member
Ava BorgessGraduating Member
Qarinn HopingsInductee
Luna Bernoski-GonyaInductee
Olivia (Via) BridgesInductee
Rashaun ColeyInductee
Alyssa JoseyInductee
Kingston-Elijah Bishop PolkInductee
William BadenInductee

What We Do

  • Engage with park and recreation department staff to build a park system that will be inclusive of the city’s youth.
  • Promote youth concerns in the city of Toledo.
  • Implement community projects to help address youth needs through action teams.
  • Create plans of action to engage more youth in the city park system.
  • Plan and run our own meetings.

Board Members

  • Selected through an application and interview process, and committed to a two-year term.
  • Meet the third Wednesday of every month from 5 - 7 p.m. (meeting times/locations may shift occasionally). Members must commit to the time requirement while serving on the board.
  • Gain experience in leadership, business etiquette, community service, and park operations.
  • Willing to work and open to learning, desire to make a positive difference for youth in the city of Toledo.
  • Provide a youth perspective to parks and recreation, commissioner, parks, recreation management and city management.
  • Participate in special functions and various events.

Join the Board - Applications for 2024 are Closed. Check back in March 2025.

The Parks and Youth Services department, various park advisory board members, and community leaders will review applications and selected applicants will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview. New members will be invited to join based on their potential to positively contribute to the board’s work and their capacity to represent the diversity of youth in the city of Toledo.