Youth Board buys Christmas gifts through Mission of Hope

Youth Advisory Board and Mission of Hope

Pictured above from left to right are Abby Douglas, Lara de Almedia, Ellie Brown, Wes Robinson, Koren Foglesanger, Jared Galloway, Candace Pang, Shichen Zhang, Ricky Goyette, Peter Magill, Laura Skipper, Shelby Chambers, Curtis Rookard, Lauren Collier, Megan Peters, Caroline Bradshaw, Lewis Wang, Ashley Riedy, Shane Harris, and Esten Dunn. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board members recently agreed to spend time and money Christmas shopping at Kmart for area children through Mission of Hope.

The board raises funds at events throughout the year to make this possible and spent $1,639.78 on gifts, a press release said.

The YAB would like to encourage other student groups and families to consider holiday projects that help those in need, while also reminding everyone to shop in Oak Ridge this holiday season, the press release said.

For more information about the Youth Advisory Board, visit or contact Matt Reedy at (865) 425-3442.

YAB to discuss Halloween Party, dodgeball, Turkey Bowl disc golf

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board will meet at 2 p.m. in the Civic Center A/B Room.

Agenda items include the city Halloween Party, Dodgeball Tournament, Turkey Bowl disc golf, a holiday trip to Nashville, Y-12 FCU Battle of the Bands Task Force, and swimming lessons by YAB.

YAB to discuss dodgeball tournament, Turkey Bowl disc golf

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board will discuss the planned dodgeball tournament in October and Turkey Bowl disc golf in November during a meeting at 2 p.m. in the Oak Ridge Civic Center A/B Room.

Also on the agenda are the Halloween Party, an Oak Ridge High School wellness fair, and a discussion of a holiday event.

The dodgeball tournament is Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-10 p.m., and Turkey Bowl disc golf is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Youth Board starts 22nd year; welcomes new members, officers

Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board 2013-2014

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board for 2013-2014 is pictured above. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board recently started its 22nd year with new members, the first meeting of the 2013-2014 term, and officer elections.

YAB member Kelsey Warmbrod, an Oak Ridge High School senior serving in her fifth term of office, was elected chairwoman, a press release said. In other elections, fourth-year member Shane Harris was elected vice chair, senior Abby Douglas was elected secretary, and Peter Magill was elected treasurer. [Read more...]

Youth Board seeking vendors for summer jobs, career fair for teens

Summer Jobs and Career Fair for Teens

Students are pictured at last year’s Summer Jobs and Career Fair for Teens at Oak Ridge High School. (Submitted photos)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board is seeking vendors for a Summer Jobs and Career Fair for Teens in February.

The jobs and careers fair will be from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Oak Ridge High School Café.

It will introduce students to possible summer job opportunities, future careers, and to potential colleges as well, a press release said. It will also serve as an excellent opportunity for vendors to meet potential employees.

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Youth board will Christmas shop for Angel Tree children

Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board Angel Tree Group

Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board Angel Tree Group (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board would like to thank everyone who supported YAB programs and events in 2012.

YAB members recently voted to use the proceeds from recent events to do Christmas shopping for six Salvation Army Angel Tree children.

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Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 1, reservations available

The 13th Annual Breakfast with Santa will be at the Grove Theater on Dec. 1.

The breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. It’s hosted by the Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board and Grove Theater.

Organizers suggest a $5 donation per participants from ages 3 and up, payable at the door. The activities include a breakfast buffet, Christmas crafts, holiday movies in the theater, and photos with Santa.

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Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board hosts Tennis Play Day

Oak Ridge Tennis Play Day

Participants of Saturday’s Tennis Play Day are pictured above. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board hosted a free Tennis Play Day on Saturday as part of the Playful City USA initiative.

“Participants of all ages tried their hand at a variety of challenges, while also learning about new tennis opportunities in Oak Ridge,” a press release said.

United States Tennis Association instructor David Bowman led skills and challenges for the event, the release said.

“This event is an example of the partnerships that the city YAB is attempting to build in the community,” said Matt Reedy, Oak Ridge recreation program supervisor and YAB liaison. “David Bowman is a great resource and advocate for youth tennis here in Oak Ridge, and he is bringing in USTA tournaments several times a year as well.”

Reedy said the YAB subsidized the cost of painting “Quickstart Tennis” lines for kids’ tennis and added an informational sign.

“This event was designed to be free, fun, and informative about youth tennis here in Oak Ridge,” Reedy said.

He said the Youth Advisory Board is working on another new initiative involving a partnership with the Grove Center Merchants to host a Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 1.

“Our annual Breakfast with Santa event has always been hosted in the Oak Ridge Civic Center Gym, and we felt that it was time to change the event up and branch out a bit,” Reedy said. “Through this partnership, we will free up Recreation Department resources for Youth Basketball Leagues to begin, while also supporting local businesses in Grove Center. It is a win-win.”

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 May of each year.

For more information, call Reedy at (865) 425-3442 or visit the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department website at

Youth Board calls for ‘cash mobs,’ tennis day, shoe drive, dodgeball

Youth Advisory Board

Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board has set its annual goals, calling for the creation of “cash mobs” to encourage teens to shop at local stores, a tennis play day, a shoe drive, disc golf event, and dodgeball tournament.

The YAB also voted to continue some of its most popular events, including Graduation Celebration, freshman-sophomore dance, summer jobs and career fair, Battle of the Teen Bands, and Breakfast with Santa.

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YAB hosts ‘Battle of the Teen Bands’

The Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board is hosting a teen band competition at the A.K. Bissell Park Pavilion at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27.

This contest will feature local bands and groups competing for prizes, as well as the honor of being named B.O.B. Champion. Admission is free, and Razzleberry’s will sell concessions. If the weather is bad, this event will move to the Paradox Teen Center on New York Avenue.

All band members must be under the age of 21, and a registration fee of $20 must be paid by the April 18 deadline.

For more information, visit, email [email protected] or call (865) 425-3450 for details.

The pavilion is located behind the Oak Ridge Civic Center.