- Commenting on legislation and policies that impact youth
- Creating public service programs that improve the lives of youth
- Monitoring and measuring the effectiveness of youth programs and policies
- Coming up with program evaluation measures that consider aspects of a program that matter most to youth.
- Partnering with other youth organizations on shared issues
- Preparing peers for leadership roles, postsecondary education and career.
SELECTION PROCESS OF THE YOUTH COMMISSIONERS:
The City of Columbia and Richland County will hold a city and county-wide election, similar to how typical municipal and county elections are held. One youth commissioner will be elected from each city district, with three at-large representatives from the County. There will be a total of seven (7) people on the Youth Commission.
Eligible candidates are students ages 14-18, born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2004.
This election will be unique in that all 14-18-year-olds in the county will be eligible voters. Youth commissioners will campaign to voters just as an adult candidate for elected office does.
Term + term limits:
Each youth commissioner will serve a one (1)-year term. Commissioners may serve up to two (2) terms as long as they are younger than or exactly 18 at the time of the election and/or still enrolled in high school.
To encourage youth involvement in the community, enhance leadership skills and voice policy ideas and concerns of our City's youth.
To provide civic participation and involvement in the community while promoting positive activities and opportunities for youth in Columbia.
A Few of the Components
It is imperative for our youth to be involved in their local government. To create that avenue, the Columbia Youth Commission will meet with the Mayor, City Council and key city staff to discuss how various issues affect their peers.
Members of the Columbia Youth Commission are provided an opportunity to dialogue directly with members of City Council, key senior staff within the City of Columbia and community leaders that work directly in areas that are critical to the community’s quality of life.
The Commissioners receive an education on how local government operates and responds to the needs of a community.