Who We Are

The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 12 to 18 students, ages 14 to 18, who serve a two-year term on the board. The board will meet monthly to bring a youth perspective and help with the decision-making 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.

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

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.

Applications are currently closed.

Learn More

For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 419-245-3357.