If you are or know of a person between the ages of 16 and 25 who would like to learn more about local government, get involved in community projects and civic events, and make policy and budget recommendations regarding young Angelenos to the city leaders, here’s your chance – the City is currently seeking 30 young people (two from each of the 15 City Council districts) to serve one-year terms on the City’s Youth Council, to help “improve the well-being, safety and achievement of young Angelenos.”
According to the Council’s website:
“The City’s Youth Development Department (YDD) and Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (EmpowerLA) oversee the LA City Youth Council, which honors the legacy of a public servant and living icon, Olivia Mitchell, whose passion for mentoring young Angelenos and love for our City has inspired countless government and community leaders over several decades.
The mission of the LA City Youth Council is to speak truth to power, identify bold solutions, and turn ideas into action to transform our communities in positive, lasting ways.”
Youth Council members will:
- Attend meetings twice monthly and participate in other special youth council activities, which will be held virtually or in person.
- Identify solutions to improve programs, policies, and practices affecting young people in the City.
- Partner with community organizations, civic leaders, and other youth leaders to develop new strategies and approaches to serving youth.
- Receive training and leadership development from City partners on a wide range of issues.
- Assist in the drafting and presentation of recommendations to members of the City Council and the Mayor on issues that include, but are not limited to, City budgets, programs, and policies related to youth development.
Eligible applicants must:
- Be 16 to 25 years old at the time of application
- Live within the City of Los Angeles
- Provide the name, e-mail address and/or phone numbers of one or two references
Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on February 28. Applicants chosen for the next round of consideration will be interviewed, have their references checked, and may be asked to complete a brief supplemental questionnaire. Those invited to join the council will be notified by the end of March.
For more information, see https://youthcouncil.lacity.org/ or contact [email protected].
About Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.
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