Youth Engagement Program

The mission of the Chamber is to encourage and support economic development and success by creating collaborations to grow membership, support tourism, and foster opportunities that will ensure a vibrant community for those who work, live, and play here. As a member and advocate of our community, we are working to leave a better place for the next generation; but we believe the best way to ensure success is to get the next generation involved NOW.

The Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Engagement Program is designed to be that experience. Those chosen will be composed of high school students who share an interest in promoting the community and business prosperity through advocacy and network development.

This program will provide a high quality, organized and focused volunteer experience to the students who are interested in promoting the community and business prosperity through advocacy and network development.

Mission of the Youth Board Members

Youth Board Members will:

  • Provide a youth perspective
  • Provide a voice for young people who will be affected by the Board’s decisions
  • Bring a deeper understanding of the youth-related issues you’re considering
  • Recruit youth volunteers
  • Explain the Chamber’s policies, programs, mission, etc. to other youth
  • Help with public relations as the “youth face” of the organization
    • Find out how boards and organizations work, and learning the meeting, facilitation, listening, diplomatic, and other skills necessary to be engaged and active in the community, and to take on leadership when appropriate.

What do Youth Board Members do?

  • Participate in meetings, outreach, public speaking, group decision-making.
  • Assist in developing in project ideas
  • Assist/participate in project management and implementation

Benefits of being a Youth Board Member:

  • Access to leadership in both business and government
  • Gain a high quality, organized, and focused leadership development experience
  • Learn about municipal governments and community-based organizations with an emphasis in collaboration
  • Learn how to lead and follow for community enhancement
  • Scholarship toward continued education
  • Opportunity for references from community leaders/business owners

What is the time commitment?

  • Nine (9) months starting in September and ending in May.  Attendance in June, July and August is encouraged, but not required.  (All meetings are to be held at the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce office located at 228 Newman Street; East Tawas, MI 48763, unless previous arrangements are made)
  • Monthly Board meetings held the 2nd Wednesday at 8:00 am – 9:30am.
  • Committee Meetings
  • Attend volunteer sessions

Who can apply?

  • Students who are entering their junior or senior year; who attend Tawas Area High School, Alternative Education Academy or are home-schooled and are interested in helping their community