"The Youth Advisory Council, formerly of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, was just the organization to take the skills I had and put them in perspective, providing me guidance as to how to use them." - Bryan Evans
Having the tools to obtain success is one thing, but knowing how to use those tools is a totally different concept. I believe that I have always had the tools to be successful and this is evident in the many gifts and talents in which I practiced early in my life. However, simply having those tools and skill sets was not enough. I had to understand how to properly utilize those skills and tools in the right proportion and timing in order to truly find the path to success. The Youth Advisory Council, formerly of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, was just the organization to take the skills I had and put them in perspective, providing me guidance as to how to use them.
In 2004, a staff member at Congress Elementary School, introduced me to this youth-led philanthropic program, underneath the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, called the Youth In Service Fund. I was selected as one of roughly twenty young people who served on the Youth Advisory Council, making decisions regarding the disbursement of over $50,000.00 towards youth led community service projects in the Greater Milwaukee Area. On this council I served for two consecutive years as Treasure maintaining the books and records for the Youth Advisory council. In my adult years, I served as Program Coordinator and Technology Support for the organization, where I assisted in the transition of the Youth In Service Fund to the now nationally known, not-for-profit, Lead2Change, Inc.
Today I serve the students and staff of the Milwaukee Public Schools district as a newly appointed Network Systems Administrator where I manage and operate all things related to audio and video for the district central office and roughly 154 schools. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Network Systems Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Project Management and Administration. I am on track to obtain a Master of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Information Systems, in the spring of 2018.
The Youth Advisory council taught me the value of public service as volunteerism. As a volunteer, I hold the office of President of the Wisconsin District Council Youth Auxiliary where I oversee youth programming for young people in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. In addition, I serve on the Board of Trustees of Milwaukee’s Finest Scholarship Fund. The ability to manage time, be consistent, and exude leadership attributes are personality traits necessary to function in these positions and these are skills that were sharpened and strengthened through my work with the Youth Advisory council now known as Lead2Change.