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Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council

OverviewKeeping Young Tech Minds in Iowa

The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) is a unique opportunity for motivated high school students to research and discuss broadband and Internet topics, learn about Iowa technology companies, and discover technology careers. Meetings will take place monthly, throughout the school year, via video conference, teleconference, and/or in-person.

SYBAC is open to 10th – 12th grade Iowa students. Students will identify effective strategies to improve broadband connectivity and community environments, which could assist in advocacy efforts for rural Internet connectivity.

Students in Video MeetingSYBAC members will:

  • Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
  • Receive access to cybersecurity curriculum.
  • Provide youth input on broadband efforts to create a connected Iowa.
  • Serve as a council representative for a minimum of one (1) year, September – April.

2021-2022 Students

Luke Baker, Clarinda High School

Kourtney Ross, Earlham Community School

Tyler Emanuel, Valley High School, West Des Moines

Vincent Hesselink, Cedar Falls High School

Anton Hesselink, Cedar Falls High School

Trey Voeller, Prairie City-Monroe (PCM)

Nate Richards, Prairie City-Monroe (PCM)

Dylan Kan, Liberty High, Iowa City Community School District

Elijah Marsh, English Valleys

2021-2022 Meeting Dates

  • September 14 at 2 PM
  • October 12 at 2 PM
  • November 9 at 2 PM
  • December 14 at 2 PM
  • January 11 at 2 PM
  • February 8 at 2 PM
  • March 8 at 2 PM
  • April 12 - tentative in-person

What Students Say About SYBAC...

"I have enjoyed learning about cybersecurity concepts and career opportunities throughout this year of meetings. Thank you for this opportunity to continue my education in STEM fields." - Henry S, 2021

"I enjoyed the myriad of presenters we were exposed to throughout the year.  I also enjoyed the Fortinet training.  Although I knew some about “Bad Actors” and other related topics, I find value and peace of mind in walking away with my Fortinet Cybersecurity certificate." - Chase M, 2021

"I have had a lot of fun this year with SYBAC. I have enjoyed hearing information from other students and experts in different places in Iowa. The guest speakers were very interesting & informative." - Caden S., 2019

"I am very grateful to have been a part of SYBAC. I do firmly believe that SYBAC has influenced my ideas about my future. I feel that I've become more technology inclined in my future career choices. Thanks for a great year of SYBAC." - Connor B., 2018

"Thank you for letting me be apart of SYBAC! I really enjoyed the experience and I learned a lot, and I especially liked SYBAC day." - Bradenn D., 2018

"Thank you for the opportunity to be apart of SYBAC. SYBAC helped me understand more of what is out there, and others opinions about what is out there.  Computer Science is so broad that you can get lost, but every month I learned more about the world and about computer science. I have made some great; connections that will I'm sure be useful down the road." - Cole S., 2017

Questions:

Contact Lori Larsen at lori.larsen@iowa.gov for questions about the council.

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