District seeks candidates for its 2018 Youth Commission
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 fourth 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. In 2015, the Youth Commission engaged the community in a social media photo contest and nabbed professional photographer John Fielder to judge the entries. During the past two years, the Commission planned and hosted successful fundraising tournaments at Colorado Journey Mini Golf. Proceeds help fund the group's registration to the Colorado Park and Recreation Association's Youth Summit, a leadership conference for teens. And earlier this year, the Youth Commission planned, organized and led a Senior Prom for the residents of The Inn in Greenwood Village.
Who should apply?
Eligible youth include middle and high school 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 and 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 District 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 the District.
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, 2017.