Clark County seeks young people to fill six volunteer positions on Youth Commission

30 person group of 11-19-year-olds represents the youth of the community to local government

VANCOUVER – The Clark County Youth Commission is recruiting youths from all walks of life to fill six positions for the 2021-2022 program year.

The commission is a group of 30 people ages 11-19 which serves as a voice for Clark County youth. It advises the Clark County Council, county departments and community organizations about how their work can affect young people. It identifies and takes action on youth concerns, educates the community about building strong youth-adult partnerships, and provides leadership opportunities for youth.

All open positions are available for youth who live in Clark County. Additionally, new leader positions are available for youth with no previous leadership experience, and some positions are open to students living in the geographical boundaries of specific school districts as the Youth Commission uses school district boundaries to ensure broad representation of youth from all areas of the county. Woodland applicants must live in the section of the city within Clark County.

Youth commissioners work together on various projects and assignments, voicing ideas and contributing their skills and strengths.
Youth commissioners work together on various projects and assignments, voicing ideas and contributing their skills and strengths. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com

Members serve a one-year term but can recommit to serve multiple terms. The Youth Commission requires four to 12 hours of work each month. Meetings are 6:45-8:45 pm the first and third Thursdays of each month, except July and August.  Some or all of these meetings may happen remotely and will be guided by local and state public health guidelines for social distancing during this time. Special projects, assignments and subcommittee work add another two to eight hours per month.

The Youth Commission is recruiting new members until May 28, 2021. Please find the application at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/youth-commission. Finalists must participate in an interview which will take place remotely either by phone or video conference. If selected, members must be available to attend a mandatory orientation in August and will also be guided by local and state public health guidelines for social distancing during this time.

Youth commissioners work together on various projects and assignments, voicing ideas and contributing their skills and strengths. The commission is continuously striving to be more representative of the county’s diversity.

For more information about the Clark County Youth Commission, contact Elizabeth Houston-Hill, program coordinator, at (564) 397-5133 or elizabeth.hill@clark.wa.gov

Information provided by Clark County

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