The Mayor’s Youth Commission is seeking
4 youth and 6 adult Commissioners for the 2014-2015 school year.
The Mayor’s Youth Commission is an exciting leadership opportunity for young Denver residents and adults to be involved in their community. The Commission advises the Mayor, his cabinet and city council on issues that affect Denver youth. They identify annual goals and implement action plans designed to positively impact their peers. The Commission is comprised of 21 Commissioners; 11 youth, ages 14-18 and 10 adults who represent city agencies and private/non-profit organizations that serve youth in the community. Adult Commissioners are appointed for three year terms. Youth Commissioners are appointed for three year terms or until the Commissioner graduates from High School.
All Commissioner Requirements
· Commissioners must reside in the City and County of Denver
· Be able to attend 2 evening meetings a month (second and fourth Wednesday from 6:00-7:30) from September until the end of May
· Be able to attend an all day Saturday Retreat in early September
· Be willing to participate in two planned volunteer service projects throughout the school year
Adult Commissioner Applicants
For the 2014-2015 School year the Commission is seeking 1 Adult Commissioner from a City of Denver agency and 5 Adult Commissioners from Private/Non-profit youth serving organizations. City agency Commissioners must have permission from the agency director to participate.
To be considered for an interview, interested adults must submit the following:
· Adult Commissioner Application
· Completed Essay (see questions below)
· Letter of recommendation
· Upon appointment Adult Commissioners must pass a criminal background check.
Youth Commissioner Applicants
The Commission makes all attempts to only have one youth Commissioner for any given school.
For the 2014-2015 School year the Commission will not be accepting applications from students at the following schools:
· Bear Creek High School
· CEC Middle College of Denver
· George Washington High School
· Littleton High School
· Manual High School
· South High School
· Thomas Jefferson High School
· Venture Prep High School
Youth Commissioners are eligible to apply if they are between the ages of 14 and 16 by May 30, 2014.
To be considered for an interview, interested youth must submit the following:
· Youth Commissioner application
· Completed Essay ( see questions below)
· Letter of Recommendation
Commissioner Essay Questions- To be completed by all Commission Applicants (please use 250 words or less for each question)
1. Please explain why you want to be part of the Youth Commission and what is special about you that will bring a unique perspective to the group?
2. Which community issues you would like to address as part of the Mayor’s Youth Commission
All materials must be received by May 30, 2014 and can be emailed or mailed using the following information:
ATTN: Susan Wells, Office of Children Affairs
201 W. Colfax, Dept 1101
Denver, CO 80202
Only candidates with completed and signed applications will be considered. Applications will be reviewed in June and candidates will be interviewed in July. Finalists will be recommended to the Mayor for his consideration and appointment in August. Please contact Susan Wells if you need further information or have questions at 720-913-0904.
Please click on the links below to download application and essay question information and forms:
2014 Youth Commission Recruitment Information
Please contact Susan Wells at 720-913-0904 with any questions.