Youth Commission

2019-20 Clark County Youth Commission in front of the Clark County Youth Commission
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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.

Our Work

Each year, the Youth Commission studies a topic and shares its recommendations with the Clark County Council and the community.

In the 2019-20 term, the Youth Commission studied youth violence prevention in relation to mental health. This report provides an overview of risk and protective factors, and describes five key recommendations to prevent and reduce youth violence.

In the 2018-19 term, the Youth Commission studied mental health, transitioning into adulthood, and youth homelessness. This report describes prevention strategies and root causes for these three issues and provides recommendations for improving youth mental health, making youth more ready for adulthood, and reducing youth homelessness.

In the 2017-18 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 well-being. A summary of the findings may be found here.

Other topics the Youth Commission studied include:

  • Citizen voice and engagement
  • Stress and self-care
  • Happiness and well-being
  • Youth violence prevention
  • Community livability
  • Social networking
  • Diversity
  • Parks and open spaces
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Youth mental health
  • Fireworks
  • Economic development
  • Comprehensive growth management
  • Youth House business plan
  • Clark County youth policy
  • Youth suicide prevention
  • Teen courts

Contact Us

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

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