Youth Advisory Council

Our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is made up of extraordinary student leaders who are dedicated to leading the change for young driver and passenger safety.

Leading the Change for Young Driver and Passenger Safety

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What is the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) ?

The YOVASO Youth Advisory Council is a group of exemplary students who are passionate about highway safety and the well-being of their peers. YAC students are leaders in their high schools who are selected to work with YOVASO on a statewide level to bring about positive changes in driver and passenger safety. YAC students are responsible for developing and delivering programs and messages that will engage their peers and influence them to be safer drivers and passengers. As youth advisors, the members keep YOVASO youth-led and are an important part of the program’s mission.

What does YAC do?

•Meet monthly, either in-person or via online conference calls to discuss and work on statewide youth traffic safety initiatives.

•Help develop ideas, materials, and incentive items for campaigns, programs, retreats, and social media messaging.

•Participate in state and national highway safety conferences and other events that promote YOVASO at the local, state, and national level.

•Serve as positive role models in their schools and communities and uphold the values of YOVASO.

•Actively participate in their school’s YOVASO or prevention club.

•Help lead YOVASO campaigns and activities in their schools and communities

•Help plan and prepare for the YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat.

•Serve as youth leaders for the Summer Leadership Retreat.

How can I become a YAC member?

YOVASO is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Youth Advisory Council! If you are interested in joining, please click the link below to complete the application. Letters of Recommendation may also be submitted at the link below.

Meet the 2021-2022 Youth Advisory Council

Payton Poindexter

Jefferson Forest High School,
Bedford Co.

Payton is a senior at Jefferson Forest High School where she's a member of the YOVASO club. Payton is also on the girls' varsity basketball team and assists with Unified Sports! She isn't new to YOVASO either, she was an active member at her middle school as well. Payton loves horror movies and her favorite food is alfredo! This is her third year as a member of YAC.

Cadence Kille

Park View High School, Mecklenburg Co.

Cadence is a senior at Park View High School where she helped start a YOVASO club after several years without one! She's a member of the soccer team and band. She also sings and her favorite food is mac n' cheese! If she could watch one movie for the rest of her life it would be Mama Mia! This is Cadence's third year as a member of YAC.

Bailey Dills

Liberty High School, Bedford Co.

Bailey is a senior at Liberty High School where she is an active member of the YOVASO club. This is her third year as a member of YAC, but she's been involved with YOVASO for six years, including two years during middle school. Bailey plays soccer and volleyball for Liberty and is also a member of Fused. Her favorite meal include steak or deer meat! If she could watch one movie for the rest of her life it would be the Spongebob Movie! She's also a huge fan of her pet pig, Hazzell! Oink!

Emma Ogden

Jefferson Forest High School, Bedford Co.

Emma is a junior at Jefferson Forest High School where she's an active member of the YOVASO club. Emma has been a part of YOVASO for six years and this is her first year on the Youth Advisory Council! Some of her hobbies include: reading and watching baseball and hockey. She said the best meal includes sweet potato casserole and the one movie she could watch for the rest of her life is the Hunger Games!