NBPRB Youth Advisory Council Meeting with the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

The City of New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches (PRB) Youth Advisory Council is now accepting applications for teens ages 14-18 who want to make a difference in our community! This is a fun and exciting year-long experience with a manageable time commitment. Participants will be given the opportunity to make real change at the local level for how they want to see New Bedford’s parks, trails, and beaches utilized as well as assisting in the development of recreational opportunities for young people and families in our city and beyond.


The PRB Youth Advisory Council takes part in fun, local campaigns to improve our open space and quality of life for all residents. Participants will be expected to join us on exclusive field trips and outdoor activities as well.


Apply today for an opportunity to effect change in our community, gain important social and environmental education, and pick up a new skill or hobby!


Refreshments will be served during in-person meetings.

Membership Application Here



Kishan Patel, NBHS
Park Board Liaison

Ryan Faria, GNBVTHS
Communications Lead

I am Ryan Faria, a junior at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. I joined the Parks, and Rec Youth Advisory Council as I have grown up in New Bedford and have insight on the programs that the youth in the city need. My role in the council is to manage the communications and social media for the group. The job entails creating posts and informing the community what the council is working on. I hope to see you out there at our upcoming activities and events!

Tatum Reis, NBHS
Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Liaison

I am Tatum Reis and I am a junior at New Bedford High School. I love to play sports and I spend a lot of my time doing so, especially in the school year. When I am not practicing or doing school work, I am really drawn to any activities that involve friends, the outdoors and new experiences. This is why I joined the Youth Advisory Council. Not only is it an opportunity to make connections with people who are just as motivated to better New Bedford as I am, but it is a place to learn. I have only been on the council since the summer of 2021 and I have already learned so many things about New Bedford and the amount of effort the city constantly puts in to benefit and help the youth. Whether it is camps, programs or day activities, the YAC is a great outlet and a great way to broaden perspectives about the community and the environment.

Zoe Charbonneau, NBHS
Council Chair, Secretary


Michaela Barreira, BCC
Former YAC Chair


Sarah Jennings



Ashley Park Community Center

543 Rivet St.

New Bedford, MA 02740


For more information please call the
Administrative Offices of Parks Recreation & Beaches at:
(508) 961-3015
or email us at: