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New Youth Commission holds informational meeting

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New Youth Commission holds informational meeting

NEW organization will serve as an advisory body to city council



COMMERCE CITY, COLO. – Teens can be a part of history by participating in Commerce City’s new youth commission. An informational meeting for parents and teens is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Commerce City Civic Center.


The new commission will serve as an advisory body to the city council on issues affecting youth in Commerce City. While the initial commissioners will help set the agenda, the city envisions members will sit on city boards, create a youth and families master plan, attend the National League of Cities conference and plan and implement projects that address community needs.


“Empowering the youth in our community and creating a youth commission has been an important city council goal,” said Councilwoman Jadie Carson. “I cannot wait to see what this group of dynamic individuals does in our community moving forward.”


In drafting the commission’s approach, Commerce City worked with local volunteers and drew from the youth successes in the cities of Brighton, Centennial and Lone Tree. In these cities, youth commission activities ranged from organizing a hygiene drive to creating an anti-bullying campaign and opening a public recycling bin.


The 20-member youth commission is open to teens ages 13 to 19 that live in or attend school in Commerce City or Henderson. Members will be selected via an application process, which also includes an interview. Commissioners are scheduled to be appointed by City Council on Nov. 5, 2012, with their first meeting planned for Dec. 13, 2012.


WHO:             Interested teens and parents


WHAT:          Commerce City Youth Commission informational meeting


WHEN:          6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012


WHERE:       Commerce City Civic Center

                        7887 E. 60th Avenue, Commerce City

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