Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council
The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) complements state efforts to gain input from various stakeholders that are passionate about broadband, technology, and apps that require high-speed Internet. The advisory council provides Iowa’s youth a voice in broadband and technology. Ric Lumbard, ICN Executive Director says, “This initiative allows high school students to help steer the broadband and technology conversations. Our goal is to hear from the next generation.”
The SYBAC is composed of students enrolled in grades 10th - 12th from public and nonpublic schools in Iowa. The council’s goal is to gather useful information on what high school students feel could impact high-speed Internet in their schools and in their communities. Students will identify effective strategies to improve broadband connectivity and community environments, which could assist in advocacy efforts for rural Internet connectivity.
2016-2017 SYBAC Students
Zachary Mass, Treynor Community High School
Eryn Perry, Southeast Polk High School
Trent Gilbert, Valley High School
Ryan Wehrman, Southeast Polk High School
Gabe Golberg, Mount Vernon High School
Hunter Werner, Louisa-Muscatine Jr./Sr. Schools
Hunter Dorhout, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School
Kaleb Haeffner, Danville High School
Zachary Wolff, Norwalk High School
Aaron Mark, Burlington High School
Beau Lapointe, Mason City High School
SYBAC 2016-2017 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, September 13 at 1 PM
Tuesday, October 11 at 2 PM
Tuesday, November 8 at 2 PM
Tuesday, December 13 at 2 PM
Tuesday, January 10 at 2 PM
Tuesday, February 14 *Tentative all-day in-person meeting at 10 AM
Tuesday, March 14 at 2 PM
Tuesday, April 11 at 2 PM
Tuesday, May 9 at 2 PM
SYBAC members will:
- Attend one technology summit – student’s choice.
- Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
- Receive training in Iowa State University’s Security Literacy Curriculum.
- Required to organize and carry out a community service project that relates to the mission of the council.
- Serve as the youth voice to the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission.
- Provide youth input on broadband efforts to create a connected Iowa.
- Serve as a council representative for a minimum of one (1) year, October – May.
Contact Lori Larsen at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the council.