What is the Youth Commission?
The Lancaster Youth Commission was designed to give local high school students the opportunity to learn about City government and its functions. Youth Commissioners are nominated by school officials and elected to serve as advisors to the Council for a one-year term. One student from each local high school is selected to participate in this program based on his/her leadership ability, commitment to the community and achievement.
When does the Youth Commission meet?
Commissioners meet the first Thursday of the month at Council Chambers inside City Hall. Commissioners elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson who facilitate the monthly meetings.
What do Youth Commissioners do?
During their meetings Commissioners discuss issues of interest to youth. Throughout the year, Commissioners also work on a project that will benefit young people and make a difference in their community. Past projects have included fundraisers, the creation of teen recognition awards and teen memorials. Each year Youth Commissioners also assist with the recruitment and selection of participants for the Youth in Government program and select high school student to receive the Teen Spotlight Award.
Why should I sign up for the Youth Commission?
Commissioners gain real-world experience in local government and have the opportunity to make a difference for youth. As a Youth Commissioner, you will meet students from different high schools in the area and interact with City officials.
How do I sign up for the Youth Commission?
Talk to your high school ASB Advisor, guidance counselor, contact the Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at 661-723-6077 or download the application here.