“T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board) is for kids who not only enjoy reading, but just like to have fun,” explains Simon Boehme, a 17-year-old Kalamazoo Central High School student who served on the T.A.B. executive board when he was 14.
Simon’s experience shows that it is also a place to develop important leadership skills, build an early resume and engage in volunteerism, which grew significantly during his tenure on the board. “We helped the animal hospital. We helped fill poverty simulation kits for the Chamber of Commerce. We did volunteering activities at the library,” he says.
“I’m a big advocate for getting youth involved. I think that we need to stay involved with community, and connecting T.A.B. with other community organizations was very important.”