The Board of Directors is very excited to announce the creation of a youth activity and advisory group, the RBR Youth Council, to help better serve our young members.
Through the Youth Council, Rose Bowl Riders seeks to:
- Address the needs and interests of our youth members
- Engage youth members as advisors to the Board of Directors on policies & activities as well as other issues that affect them
- Provide youth members with leadership opportunities
- Encourage friendships among their like-minded peers both at and beyond RBR
- Foster peer role-modeling
Membership & Structure
Any RBR member age 8 – 18 is invited to join the RBR Youth Council. The organizational structure of the Council will consist of an annually elected President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, various committees and chairs, and the general Council members. At least two adult RBR members will serve as advisors, with at least one a current board member. There will be an annual membership fee of $10 and possible (also minimal) program costs from time to time.
In addition to eating lots of pizza and ice cream, and with the help of the adult advisors, the Council will:
- Develop strategies to better engage all youth members in RBR
- Create and implement youth-oriented social activities such as pizza parties, bbqs, trail rides
- Movie nights and field trips to foster friendship and camaraderie among members
- Devise ways for youth members to volunteer at RBR
- Plan educational programs for youth members such as classes on basic first aid, horse care, field trips to vet clinics, etc.
- Participate in RBR and RBRCO outreach activities
- Develop big/little sister big/little brother program
- Attend board meetings to report on Council activities and advise on youth programs
The Council will meet bi-monthly on the first Saturday of every other month, and meetings will include an educational component. Topics we hope to include are careers and horses (and the importance of putting education first!), equine first aid, braiding, show preparation, and general horsekeeping and horsemanship, among others. We’ll be soliciting more ideas from the Council members, too, and I’ll have a printed schedule to hand out at our first meeting.
We are extremely excited about the Youth Council and hope that you will encourage your young equestrian(s) to participate.
Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sue Lafferty.