Youth Advisory Commission

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The City of Killeen Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) was founded in 1993 by Mayor Raul Villaronga to give a voice to the youth of Killeen. YAC was created to serve as a liaison to the Killeen City Council. It exists to assist in minimizing community problems relating to youth, while encouraging positive growth and development. YAC participates in social, cultural, and recreational activities that are meant to empower them in a drug and alcohol-free environment. YAC is open for students from 8th to 12th grade.

Within YAC there are other sub-committees that incorporate younger students such as Junior YAC (JYAC). JYAC is a sub-committee within YAC for students in grades 4th to 7th. JYAC serve as a mentoring program for the younger generation and supports YAC with its mission to serve as youth representative in our community.

Our Mission

To provide the youth of our community opportunities through volunteerism and service, by taking initiatives that are directed toward effective change.

YAC Membership

YAC membership is composed of Killeen youth grades 4th through 12th in the Killeen Independent School District (KISD), Home School, and/or Killeen Residents. Within YAC there are different levels of membership:

  • JYAC
    • Youngest members, grades 4th to 7th. The JYAC’s Chairs are Commissioners who mentor the JYAC and help them prepare for their future with within YAC.
  • YAC Resource Member
    • Members range from 8th to 12th grade. The resource members support and help YAC Commissioners to achieve YAC’s goals and uphold the YAC mission.
  • YAC Commissioners
    • Members range from 8th to 12th grade and are elected by City Council to represent the City of Killeen youth. Commissioners are the only members allowed to vote and their main purpose is to represent resource members, JYAC members and the youth of Killeen. YAC has 37 commissioners’ positions.
    • YAC Commissioners’ interview are held in September.
  • YAC Officers
    • Members range from 8th to 12th grade and are elected by Commissioners to hold one of the 4 Officers’ positions. The Officers’ positions are: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary & Treasurer.

YAC group photo

Why join YAC or Junior YAC?

  • Opportunities to make life-long friendships
  • Represent YAC and the City of Killeen at various events
  • Develop and enhance leadership skills
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Park Ambassador Initiative

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Some of our yearly projects/events

  • Parks and Road Clean-Ups
  • Graffiti Removals
  • Family Volunteer Day
  • Christmas Tree Recycle
  • Waterways Clean-Up
  • Special Needs Project: Special Needs Valentine Dance & Back to School Dance
  • Spring Break Project
  • Global Youth Services Day (GYSD)
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award Ceremony (PVSA)
  • Off-The Record
  • Leaders in Training (L.I.T.)
  • Youth Conference

In addition, YAC assist/support with city events such as:

  • Barktoberfest
  • Fall Festival
  • Love Your Park Day
  • Back 2 School Splash Bash
  • Movies in Your Park
  • Holiday Markets
  • Recycling events

How to apply for YAC/JYAC?

YAC and JYAC is accepting new members all year round, just click below to apply.

www.killeentexas.gov/YACApp

Youth Advisory Commission Upcoming Events

Global Youth Service Day Project: Art Show
April 30, 2022
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop

YAC is celebrating the Global Youth Service Day with an Art Show. The Art show is open for students in grades 4th to 12th to participate by submitting an art piece. On April 30th, we will display all the art pieces for the community come enjoy them and vote for their favorite.

Art Show Participants Details:

  • Entry form deadline: April 22, 2022
  • Entry form must be submitted to yvalderrama-santana@killeentexas.gov
  • Categories:
    • For grades 8th - 12th they can enter: Painting, Sculpture &/or Photography
    • For grades 4th - 7th they can enter to participant in painting only
  • Public will vote for their top 3 art pieces from each category and winners will be announced on April 30th.

For more information please contact us at yvalderrama-santana@killeentexas.gov or call us at 254-501-8873

Off the Record: Push Forth & Conquer
June 3, 2022
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Lions Club Park Senior Center, 1700 E. Stan Schlueter Loop
Free Registration: http://apm.activecommunities.com/killeen/Activity_Search/1104  

The Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the Annual Off the Record event on June 3rd from 5:30pm to 8:30. This year's theme is Push Forth and Conquer. This event provides the youth of our community a platform to express themselves and talk about issues that affect them. Participants may bring a pillow or blanket to sit and get comfy. Remember you talk and we silence. Let’s make a positive change in our community together.

For more information please contact us at lhaussner@killeentexas.gov or call us at 254-501-6557.