Youth Commission

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Youth Commission seeking diverse youth for unique opportunity.

Due to an unanticipated delay in shipment, if you are a Youth Achievement Award recipient who received a letter from the Youth Commission with your certificate inviting you to apply, please email Elizabeth Houston-Hill at elizabeth.hill@clark.wa.gov no later than Friday, June 26 by 5 pm.

Who We Are

The Clark County Youth Commission is a youth-driven advisory board and leadership development program established by the Clark County Board of Commissioners in April 1998. Members, ages 11-19, aim to represent all the diverse youth living in Clark County.

What We Do

Members provide a youth-oriented point-of-view to the work of the Clark County Councilors, county departments, and community organizations. The Youth Commission informs these groups about issues important to youth, makes suggestions on how to address these issues, and provides advice on how to build positive partnerships with youth.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Elizabeth Houston-Hill at elizabeth.hill@clark.wa.gov or 564.397.5133 

Visit our social media pages to further engage with Clark County youth!

 

Our Work

Each year the Youth Commission studies a topic assigned by the Clark County Council.

In the 2017-2018 term, the Youth Commission studied community identity, placemaking, the impact of art in identity formation, reuse plans for Camp Bonneville (see overview report), visioning for the Lewis and Clark Greenway Trail, as well as the impact of blue and green spaces on physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing. A summary of the findings may be found here.

In the 2016-17 term, the Youth Commission worked in partnership with county staff to implement many of the recommendations developed in the citizen voice and engagement report. Click here for an overview of their accomplishments, including developing a county mobile app, launching a social media campaign, and studying youth program outcomes.

In the 2015-16 term, the Youth Commission studied citizen voice and engagement. This report describes the various types of youth participation in local government and presents recommendations for boosting citizen engagement.

 

Other topics the Youth Commission studied include:

  • Stress and Self-care
  • Bicycle Helmet Policy
  • Happiness and Well-being
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Youth Violence Prevention Policies
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Community Livability Policies
  • Comprehensive Growth Management
  • Social Networking
  • Youth House Business Plan
  • Diversity Policies
  • Clark County Youth Policy
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Fire Works
  • Teen Courts
  • Economic Development