The City Council established the United Youth Empowered in 1994 which became the Youth Council in 1997. Both the United Youth Empowered and the Youth Council were created to function as a voice for teens by facilitating youth forums, youth publications and planning teen activities. For many years, the Youth Council functioned as an advisory board for Teen Programs, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council.
The Youth Council has served as a youth voice on the creation of city policies and the coordination and development of facilities and activities for teens in the community.
The Youth Council may appoint up to 5 non-voting junior high school members.
|Qualifications||Members must be between the ages of 13 – 19 years. Eight of the 15 members must be residents of the City.
|Length of Term||Members serve two-years terms, beginning July 1st – June 30th. Members may be appointed to multiple terms. City Council may appoint a successor for vacant positions.|
|Meeting Schedule||The Youth Council meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 735 Anacapa Street. *During the months of July and August the Youth Council meets once per month on a date and time decided by the Youth Council.|
|Time Involved||10-20 hours per month for meetings and activities|
|Financial Disclosure Requirement||None|
|Staff||Neighborhood and Outreach Services, (805) 897-2568|
|Reference||City Council Resolution 12-018|