One way to support positive youth development and prevent youth substance abuse is to provide opportunities for youth to participate in activities that promote attachment and commitment to their communities. Here's a great opportunity:
Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council are looking for applicants aged 13-19 interested in helping to represent the voices of the city’s youth to elected officials. The Youth Commission provides young people with the opportunity to participate meaningfully in local government and ensure that their interests are represented, and it also provides the City’s elected officials with the opportunity to work with and receive input from teenagers throughout the year. Serving on the Youth Commission represents a one-year commitment, from June of 2011 to June of 2012.
Listen to what one current member of the Commission says.
Seattle residents between the ages of 13 and 19 who are interested in applying or want more information may contact the Mayor’s Office. To be considered, visit the Youth Commission’s web site and submit an application by May 4, 2011.