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South Suburban seeks students for 2020 Youth Commission

South Suburban seeks students for 2020 Youth Commission

Sep 04 2019

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 sixth year.

What's it all about?

South Suburban's Youth Commission gives teens in grades 7 - 11 the opportunity to become involved in their community and in South Suburban events and activities. Commissioners have the chance to become creative leaders by organizing fundraisers, hosting service projects and partaking in fun activities with their peers.

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. 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 along the Mary Carter Greenway.

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 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 on the first Tuesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m., from February through October.

Interested? 

Visit ssprd.org/YouthCommission, 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, 2019.