The FODC Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of dedicated youth ages 18 and younger interested in clean water and helping the community. Their mission is to increase youth participation in helping clean up the Deckers Creek watershed for conservation, preservation, and recreation through youth-led projects and research.
YAB members do hands-on activities benefiting local streams, watersheds, and community members. Examples include stream monitoring for water quality and invertebrate and fish communities, litter clean-ups, raising funds to install recycling containers at Morgantown’s skate park, environmental education and outreach for younger youth, making rain barrels as a fundraiser, and hosting annual fundraising events. YAB members generate service project ideas and write grants to see them through.
Members meet twice a month: On the first Sunday and the third Monday. Mondays we devote to planning our projects and research, and Sundays we try to get out into the watershed! The YAB chair serves as a junior FODC board member and reports on the on goings of this award-winning, fun, enthusiastic, committed group of young people.