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South Suburban seeks candidates for its 2019 Youth Commission

South Suburban seeks candidates for its 2019 Youth Commission

Sep 05 2018

Hey teens, are you looking to serve your community in a voluntary position? We're looking for dynamic students to serve on our Youth Commission, now in its fifth year.

What's it all about?

The purpose of the Youth Commission is for teens to advise staff on what is important to youth and teens who live and play in the area.  The Youth Commission provides a forum for an exchange of information and opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community.

Youth will have a chance to practice their skills in critical thinking, communications, and creativity while learning about local government and the parks and recreation industry.  The Commission planned and hosted successful fundraising tournaments at Colorado Journey Mini Golf. Proceeds help fund the group's registration to a leadership conference. Youth prepared hundreds of sack lunches for the homeless and low income families, and volunteered with Children's Kindness Network in local elementary schools. Members of the commission also organized and participated in a trail clean-up project.

Who should apply?

Eligible youth include students in grades 7-11, who reside within the District and have and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in school. Youth must be drug and alcohol-free, be willing to share ideas in group settings and be accepting of others and their ideas.

The goals of the commission are to discuss and suggest possible solutions about issues that young people face; to provide input about programs that are offered to teens in the community; to promote positive programs with peers; to promote healthy living, including overall physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, and to provide opportunities to develop youth as future leaders.

The Youth Commission serves in an advisory role to the recreation department.. Members of the Youth Commission will be selected through an application and interview process facilitated through the Youth Commission and staff liaisons. Candidates will be appointed by the South Suburban Board of Directors.

The commission meets once per month in the evenings, a minimum of nine times per year. Members also assist at SSPR events in the role of student organizers and volunteers, helping to increase and broaden youth attendance and participation. The Youth Commission includes a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 members representing a cross-section of SSPR.

Interested? 

Read more about South Suburban’s Youth Commission, including responsibilities and time commitment, and apply here. For more information, contact Sarah Nielsen, Sarahn@ssprd.org, 303.483.7034 or Chantel Tolan at ChantelT@ssprd.org, 303.754.0552. Applications are due October 1, 2018.