Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council


The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) engages high school students on a variety of broadband related topics, where they identify trends and strategies to improve broadband connectivity. Meetings will take place monthly, throughout the school year, via video conference, teleconference, and/or in-person.

The Council 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. This initiative allows high school students to help steer broadband and technology conversations. Our goal is to hear from the next generation.

SYBAC is open to 10th – 12th grade Iowa students. 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.

2018-2019 SYBAC Students

  • Yogi Chander, Valley High School
  • Lewis Callaway, Clear Lake High School
  • Bradenn Droegmiller, Okoboji High School
  • Austin Grant, Boyer Valley High School
  • Gavin Hyde, Wapsie Valley High School
  • Hannah Marsh, English Valleys Jr/Senior High School
  • Olivia Moore, East Union High School
  • Sanora Nelson, Colo-Nesco High School
  • Alex Schwarte. Dowling Catholic High School
  • Jonathyn Stiverson, Council Bluffs High School
  • Gabrielle Valencia, East Union Middle/High School
  • Blake Van Der Kamp, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) High School

SYBAC 2018-2019 Meeting Dates

  • September 11 @ 2PM
  • October 9  @ 2PM
  • November 13  @ 2PM
  • December 11  @ 2PM
  • January 8  @ 2PM
  • February 12 – Tentative in-person meeting
  • March 12  @ 2PM
  • April 9 @ 2PM
  • May 14 @ 2PM

SYBAC members will:

  • Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
  • Receive access to Iowa State University’s Security Literacy Curriculum.
  • 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, September – May.

Contact Lori Larsen at for questions about the council.