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This is FOR you! About you!
So we want YOUR input for what should be here.
We are about empowering ALL youth (age 0 – 22) to be successful. What does that mean to you?
We want to know what you think is important. What your ideas are for how to improve our communities. And most importantly, HOW you can be a part of it all! Email SAY at or look for us on Twitter @SAYoprf

Ways we are currently engaging YOUth

Community Builders

This summer we are working with a group of youth volunteers, who are creating the structure for the upcoming SAY Youth Council. We want the council to make sense to YOU!

SAY Street Team

We are currently forming a “street team” to who will help us gather the “word on the street.” We want your ideas for our website and social media. If you are a creative thinker, a writer, might like to lead interviews, or are great with social media, join our team! We are currently seeking youth, ages 14 – 22, but more opportunities will be available soon! Email SAY at or look for us on Twitter @SAYoprf for more information.

SAY Youth Board

SAY is now accepting applications to join our SAY YOUth Board.
See below for more information on the Timeline for Applicants, Position Description and Board Structure.
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Timeline for Applicants

Board Term: Board members will serve a(n abbreviated) term of one year, beginning in the fall of 2015 and ending on June 30th, 2016.

Application: Potential members will be asked to complete an informational online application. Applications will be due no later than Friday, October 30th, 2015 for consideration for the upcoming term. A Board Appointment Committee (consisting of Success of ALL Youth staff, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation staff and/or SAY Steering Committee members) will review applications and select board candidates for the interview process. Board candidates will be notified via email about their advancement in the process no later than Friday, November 6th, 2015.

Interview: Candidates selected following the application process will be invited to participate in board interviews. These interviews will be scheduled between November 16th – November 20th and will be conducted via group interview, led by members of the Board Appointment Committee.

Final Board Appointment: The final board selection will be determined no later than Monday, November 30th, 2015. Selected board members will be notified of their appointments by email or phone. A public announcement and initial meeting will be scheduled for all board members to meet, group photos to be taken and a meeting schedule for the year to be shared.

First Board Meeting: The first meeting of the new board will take place on Friday, December 4th, 2015. All board members are requested to attend.

Replacement Board Members: If, at any time during a term, a sitting board member is unable to complete their term for any reason, a midterm replacement process will take effect, led by the Board Appointment Committee and/or SAY Staff, to find a suitable replacement for the current member.

Position Description

Purpose: To give a representative youth voice to concerns and considerations of the SAY Steering Committee, and to assist with the general promotion of Success of ALL Youth, in support of the organization’s mission and needs.

Organization Vision: Oak Park and River Forest are communities that meet the diverse developmental needs of all youth.
Mission or purpose statement: The communities of Oak Park and River Forest will engage youth, families and their community partners to coordinate and align priorities, efforts and resources to empower every youth to reach his/her full potential.

Position eligibility: Applicants must live in Oak Park or River Forest, and be of an appropriate age for one of 3 councils, each representing a specific grade or age range. these councils include: a Jr High Council (6th - 8th graders), a High School Council (9th - 12th graders) and a Post High School Council (up to age 22).

Expectations of board members:
• Attend and be an active participant in the scheduled meetings of your assigned council (ie Jr. High, High School or Post High-School councils). Council meetings may meet in person, via phone conference or other means.
• Each council will appoint a set number of representatives to the overarching SAY YOUth Board, during the council meeting prior to an upcoming Board meeting. Board meetings will take place in person. (Please be aware of other commitments before volunteering to attend a scheduled Board meeting.)
• Stay informed about council matters, be prepared for meetings, and review and comment on minutes and reports specific to your council.
• Be alert to concerns among your peer groups that can be addressed by SAY mission, objectives, and/or partners. Be prepared to share these concerns during the “New Business” portion of your council meeting.
• Understand what SAY does and participate in the Board scheduled activities to learn how to communicate and promote SAY within the community.
• Board members may be extended an invitation to participate in community activities or special events. Your attendance at these is important to SAY’s work, and our relationship within the community.

Board term: YOUth Board term is one year, (typically running July 1st – June 30th). For the 2015-2016 school year, the term will run December 4th – June 30th. Members may extend their terms for additional years, with the approval of the Board Appointment Committee.

Meetings and time commitment: The SAY YOUth Board will meet monthly (December – May) on a day to be determined by board by popular vote. Meetings will last 60 - 90 minutes, depending on the agenda. Councils will meet as needed to address the business set before the Board. A schedule of council meetings will be made available as far in advance as possible, with no less than a month’s notice. Council meetings will last 45 – 90 minutes depending on the agenda.

Board Structure