City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board Kicks Off 30th Year

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Aug. 13, 2020) – The City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board (YAB), created in 1991, serves as a liaison between the Oak Ridge City Council and the youth of the community. In the 30 years since its inception, the YAB has offered input on City issues while also providing activities and programs that enhance the lives of young people in Oak Ridge.

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, the newly appointed members of the City of Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board attended their first meeting of the 2020-21 term of office. City staff liaison Matt Reedy conducted the meeting and Sandy Johnson of the City Clerk’s office assisted the members through the swearing-in process. Lt. Governor Randy McNally, City Councilman Jim Dodson, and Oak Ridge Police Department Community Resource Officer Alex Velez also attended the meeting to wish the students well on a new year.

Senior YAB members Maggie Froning and Jayden Ellis were elected as YAB co-chairs after a tie in the vote. In other elections, junior member Kira Palau was elected as vice-chair, senior Selena Piercy was elected as treasurer, and junior Imagine’ Aklin was elected secretary.

Students discussed the challenges ahead as they will try to plan events and programs during a pandemic. At the YAB meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 19, YAB members will discuss these issues and set annual goals.

“We had perfect attendance at our first socially-distanced meeting, where masks were required. I’d say we had a very successful start to the 2020-21 YAB term,” Reedy said. “These students are motivated to make a difference in the midst of COVID-19 challenges.”

YAB meetings are held twice per month, on Wednesday afternoons at the Oak Ridge Civic Center and are open to the public. Board members serve a one-year term of office and must re-apply in the spring each year. If you have questions about the City YAB, contact Matt Reedy at 425-3442 or visit the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department website at: www.orrecparks.org.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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