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Youth Commission Application


The Clark County Youth Commission is a group of 30 youth ranging in ages from 11-19. They advise the Board of County Councilors, county departments and community on issues important to youth. Between now and June 16, 2015 we are actively recruiting for Youth Commission.

Current  vacancies:

  • At-large positions representing any part of Clark County.
  • Positions from Hockinson, Washougal, La Center, and Woodland School Districts (Note: the Woodland applicants must come from the part of Woodland that is within Clark County)
  • Positions for youth with no previous leadership experience.

For more information contact Elizabeth Hill at (360) 397-2130 Ext. 5133, or


The Clark County Youth Commission is a youth-driven advisory board established by the Board of 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 issue, 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 Commissioners, 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
Web site:

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 County Councilors

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