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Announcing the new YAB Website

January 05, 2011

FINALLY!  I feel like I’ve been waiting on this day for years!  Well, it’s only been a couple months, but it couldn’t come soon enough.  We’re finally holding our first Youth Advisory Board meeting of the year, and unrolling TONS of awesome stuff for 2011.  As I type this, we’re in the process of finalizing our new and improved website, which is basically going to help revolutionize the way that you as the public can interact with us as the YAB.  By the time you are reading this, that website will be up and running.  For those that don’t know me, I’m Brad Corriher (a former YAB member myself in 2006-07,) and I’ve taken over the direction of the Board from the illustrious Matthew Maloney, with whom some of you may have contacted in the past.  I don’t want to get into too much detail, but I just wanted to pop in to say hello, and thank you for finding your way to our new website, and finding your way to our blog!  Hop around a bit and take a look at our new site, meet the new board members, comment on the blog, like us on Facebook, do whatever you want!


By Sarah Mendrin on Feb 22, 2011

Brad, We are looking forward to hearing about all the wonderful projects the State Farm Youth Advisory Board supports.

By Franklin Palmer on Apr 01, 2011

We will be following the newly revised YAB for the possibility of launching and Elementary School Awareness Training Program (ESATP). This is an after hours Elementary School 1 Month Program that will be a test in the fall of 2011.

Our Pilot Jr. Fire Academy was run in 2009 and became a yearly event for 8-14 age youth.

Our mission was to teach our youth how to take part in their community by volunteering (Prevention, Attitude, Respect, & Teamwork).

The 2009 session covered all aspects of a volunteer fire fighter (gear,tools,search rescue,communication,fire behavior), 2010 included all of 2009 basics with an additional Medical and all-hazard awareness program (included complete orientation to ambulance needs, operations, equipment, station duties, patient packaging, basic first aid, CPR ‘Adult,Child,Infant’) and practice labs were hands on development of wounds, broken bones, lacerations, Hot/Cold emergencies, poisons ((drugs, cyber-predetors, internet theift, bullying)). This was educational awareness NOT certification in the topic areas.

The Jr.Fire Academy wound/moulage was funded by Tompkins Charity Trust-through the Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund and Cornell Extension’s “Summer Skies Program”.
2011 session will include 2009-Fire; 2010-Medical (Basic Aid Training Program-American Red Cross)and a new burns modules (DYOF)funded with assistance from the Burns Foundation.
Since inception of the Jr. Fire Academy our awareness will extend into the Elementary ages 4-7. State Farm YAB site and organziation is a fuuture communication and funding option for our department. Franklin Palmer-Dryden Fire and Ambulance (see our site and the kids matrix for all-hazards education).

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