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Youth CouncilParks & Recreation

The Santa Barbara Youth Council serves as a voice for the creation of City policies and the coordination and development of facilities and activities for teens in the community.  The 15-member council ranges in age from 13-19 years and is appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Youth Council also includes up to 5 junior high school students who are appointed by the Youth Council members. Members are appointed to a two year term and may be reappointed. The membership represents all public high schools as well as private and alternative high schools. Youth Council members are required to donate at least 10 hours of community service a month.  The meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, generally in the City Council Chambers beginning at 5:15 p.m.

To participate in the Youth Council or one of their subcommittees, download the application or pick one up at the Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina Street. Youth Council vacancies are filled in November and May through an application and interview process. For more information, call (805) 897-2652.

General Functions

  • Represent community youth to ensure their concerns, issues and viewpoints are presented.
  • Identify concerns, interests and needs of Santa Barbara youth and make recommendations tothe City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission and Parks and Recreation Department staff.
  • Promote and encourage youth interest and participation in community affairs.
  • Gather youth and community input through civic engagement activities. Create and/or support  opportunities for public discussion through forums, meetings, workshops and conferences. Share information gathered and make recommendations as appropriate.
  • Collaborate and/or engage with other community agencies, advisory bodies or youth groups inareas of mutual concern and benefit.
  • Recommend to the City Council and various City Departments and agencies, as appropriate, changes in procedures, policies and/or legislation pertinent to youth in the Santa Barbara.
  • Elect 9 members representing three SBSD high schools.
Last Updated: May 1, 2013