Who We Are

YOAB 2019-2020 Members

We are 16 high school students appointed by the City Manager to serve one-year renewable terms. We live in the City of Boulder and represent many aspects of Boulder's youth community including diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Each spring, we encourage current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th graders who live in the City of Boulder (including most of Gunbarrel) to apply for the next school year.

No previous leadership experience is necessary. New members are invited to join based on the potential for positive contribution to the board’s work and capacity to represent the diversity of Boulder’s youth community.

What We Do

  • Promote the youth voice in Boulder
  • Plan and run our own meetings
  • Advise City Council, city departments, and local agencies on youth-related issues
  • Form actions teams to implement community projects to help address youth needs
  • Organize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day of Service
  • Acknowledge outstanding youth volunteers in our community

2021-2022 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board Members

  • Madelyn Barnes
  • Osvaldo García Barrón
  • Josué Hernández Guerrero
  • Henry Keig
  • Saiyora Keilbach
  • Jackson Kirshner
  • Marina Griffin
  • Daniel Lin
  • Ivy Maximon
  • Lily Nobel
  • Gavin Robinson
  • Elias Weatherley
  • Finley Wheeler


YOAB holds a monthly meeting on the first Friday of each month.

Meeting Materials

September 2, 2022 9/2/22 YOAB agenda
October 7, 2022
November 4, 2022
December 2, 2022
January 13, 2023
February 3, 2023
March 3, 2023
April 7, 2023
May 5, 2023

Apply for YOAB

How it works

The Youth Opportunities Program will be accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board during the spring of 2023.

City of Boulder youth and youth that attend a City of Boulder high school that are interested in engaging with their peers and the community are encouraged to apply.


  • The recruitment process for the 2023-24 YOAB will open in Spring 2023.

Please reach out to Youth Opportunities Program Manager Mario Martinez-Varelas with any questions at 720-498-2482 or MartinezVarelasM@bouldercolorado.gov.