Lakewood Youth Council Accepting Applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Lakewood Youth Council. The Youth Council is open to students in grades 8 through freshman year of college who reside in the City of Lakewood.
The Lakewood Student Youth Council, established in 2019, aims to provide a voice for youth in the community, allow students to interact with and inform community leaders, provide opportunities for youth development, and allow for engagement with topics regarding youth health and safety, youth advocacy, community relations, and community outreach. This council is a core group of diverse students and advisors interested in leadership and commitment to meaningful community change. This body
further aims to establish public-private partnerships between this council and local enterprises, engage and create a presence in the community, and collaborate with non-profit organizations all with the overarching intent of serving youth in the community.
The deadline to apply to participate in the first Lakewood Youth Council is Thursday, October 1, 2020.
In 2019, the Youth Council was established (LCO 159) to provide City Council and the Mayor a youth perspective on issues that affect the City and to provide the opportunity for youth to be active and participate in city government. The Youth Council shall review those matters and make recommendations, as appropriate, referred by Council or the Mayor as they pertain to youth activities, interests and concerns.
The Youth Council shall be composed of fifteen Lakewood residents who, at the time of their appointment, are between the point of entering the eighth grade and entering their freshman year of college in the fall of the year of their appointment. The Mayor shall appoint the original fifteen members with confirmation of Council, and thereafter the Youth Council shall submit slates of members appointed by the Youth Council every two years for ratification by the Mayor with confirmation of Council. Members shall receive no compensation for their service.
Youth Council members shall be eligible to serve up to two consecutive two-year terms. Vacancies in terms shall be filled by action of the Youth Council without additional approval of the Mayor or Council.
The Youth Advisory Council shall meet at least on a quarterly basis and shall devise its own officers, governance, and place and time of assembly.
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