Under the direction of a designated City Councilmember the Youth Council is to convey to City Council issues having city-wide impact to youth. They are responsible for a monthly report to City Council and may participate on a variety of City committees, study groups and task forces.
Qualifications for becoming a Youth Council member is any combination equivalent to: an entering High School student in good academic standing, including a good attendance record, past leadership experience and/or involvement in school or community organizations and/or events desired. Must attend a school in Lakewood or reside in Lakewood.
The Youth Council coordinates and runs Make a Difference Day for the city as well as assisting with a variety of community events including: Truck & Tractor Day, Stuff the Bus with Caring for Kids, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration and many others. They also attend Youth Action Day at our capitol in Olympia and an annual Teen Leadership Summit hosted by the Washington State Recreation and Parks Association.
To apply youth must submit a letter of interest stating a) why you want to be considered and b) any past/present/future involvement on your school (i.e.clubs, student government, etc.) or community to the City Manager’s Office. The recruitment period for new and returning members is March until the first Friday in May. Interviews will be conducted in May for the coming school year.
Current Youth Council Members
Tiana Arzuaga, Cassidy Barnes, Jack Bowen II, Cassandra Daniels, Damita Gomez, Peyton Gomez, Claudia Penney, William Joy, Sina Pritchard, Ayana Rice, Carolina Robles, Justine Sullivan, Margaret Thompson, Nicole VanGuilder, Juan Ventura, Marcos Vieyra, Clare Whalen, and Celena Wilson.
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