High school students from throughout the state represent the Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) sponsored by Iowa Communications Network. The group of 15 students includes Jefferson High School’s Kyle Cortez. The Council meets monthly throughout the year to discuss the role broadband plays in the areas of education, healthcare, public safety, government, and their daily lives. Topics the group discusses include: Cybersecurity, Technology Challenges, Digital Devices, Broadband Dead Zones, Coding, Augmented Reality, Various Broadband Connections, and Encryption.
As a member of this next generation of broadband thought leaders, Kyle participated in a forum at the State Capitol on February, 14, 2018. The forum provided students the opportunity to share their thoughts with elected officials and members of the executive branch.
SYBAC engages high school students on a variety of broadband related topics, where they identify trends and strategies to improve broadband connectivity.
- Participate in SYBAC meetings (by phone and online).
- Receive training in 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.
The Statewide Youth Broadband Advisory Council (SYBAC) 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 and is composed of students enrolled in grades 10th - 12th from public and nonpublic schools in Iowa.
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 identify effective strategies to improve broadband connectivity and community environments, which could assist in advocacy efforts for rural Internet connectivity.