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Youth Commission Application

The Clark County Youth Commission, a group of 30 individuals who serve as a voice for local youth, is seeking eleven representatives to fill its roster. The group communicates with the Board of County Counselors, county departments, and community organizations. Youth Commission members range in age from 11-19. Those selected to serve must commit to two monthly meetings plus additional subcommittee work amounting to approximately eight hours of work or more per month.

To be considered, candidates must complete an application and interview for the position. The deadline for submission of applications is June 18, 2014.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Hill, Youth Commission Program Coordinator at 360-397-2130 x5133 or


The Clark County Youth Commission is a youth driven advisory board established by the then-Board of Clark County Commissioners in April 1998. Members ages 11-19 from throughout Clark County provide a youth-oriented point of view to the work of the now Board of County Councilors, county departments and community organizations.

The Youth Commission informs these groups about issues important to youth, makes suggestions on how to address the issues important to youth, and provides instruction on how to build positive partnerships with youth.

The Clark County Youth Commission advises Clark County government on a variety of policy issues including:
- Behavioral/Cultural Change (PDF)
- Energy (PDF)
- Environmental Building Standards (PDF)
- Environmental Building Standards Follow-up (PDF)
- Local/Sustainable Food (PDF)
- Mass Transportation (PDF)
- C-TRAN Mass Transportation (PDF)
- Plastic Bag Tax (PDF)

Policy reports:


Youth Violence Prevention


Parks and Open Spaces - At the request of the Board of County Councilors, the Youth Commission presented the following recommendations to increase park use in Clark County:

Social Networking - In this policy assignment, the Youth Commission addresses how to increase civic engagement in the county through the use of social networking:

Youth Mental Health - The Youth Commission presented the following analysis and recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on reducing youth depression in the county:

Environmental Sustainability - In the following policy assignment, the Youth Commission evaluated Clark County's environmental sustainability policy:

For more information about the Youth Commission, please contact: Elizabeth Hill, Program Coordinator
Phone: (360) 397-2130, ext. 5133

Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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