Step Forward recruiting Caddo Parish youth for its Teen Advisory Committee (TAC)

by | Nov 16, 2023 | News, Step Forward News


Step Forward, an initiative of Community Foundation of North Louisiana (CFNLA), seeks 30 youth leaders from high schools across Caddo Parish to join the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Applications are being accepted now through December 15, 2023.

Step Forward will offer 30 youth from diverse backgrounds a chance to participate in leadership development and engage in teen issues, programs and activities that affect young people in Northwest Louisiana.

“Step Forward’s Teen Advisory Committee offers a remarkable opportunity for a diverse group of young people to use, analyze and understand data about schools and students to make informed decisions to improve the lives of young people in Caddo Parish. Students may recommend new policies to improve existing student and school practices,” said Carla Burgos, Director of Special Initiatives at CFNLA. “We hope TAC will create a sense of belonging for students and assist schools in improving mental health support on school campuses.”

Step Forward is looking for young people who are interested in partnering with other youth throughout Louisiana who are passionate about making a difference. TAC members will be required to demonstrate a strong commitment to the three TAC focus areas: education, health, and engagement to seek success for every child in North Louisiana. TAC members will also be encouraged to represent Step Forward at conferences and special events.

Students interested in applying should be between the ages of 14 to 18 or in grades 9th-12th and enrolled in a Caddo Parish high school. Community, youth, faith-based organizations, and educators are invited to encourage youth who are interested to fill out an online application which can be found at TAC members will be announced in early January 2024.

For more information about Step Forward’s Teen Advisory Committee and Community Foundation of North Louisiana, please visit or call (318) 221-0582.