Youth Advisory Commission

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Consistent with several other Texas communities, The Village of the Hills is creating a Youth Advisory Commission. This new body will be developed over the next few months and take office with the new school year next fall. The Board of Aldermen will work directly with interested students to design the organization and create its charter. Such a body will be good for the students and Village alike.

The Youth Advisory Commission will be made up of students in grades 9 through 12 who reside in The Village of the Hills. The Board of Aldermen is hopeful that such an organization will attract a broad base of students. There are several reasons that having a more direct connection with the community's youth will be beneficial.

1. Development of future leaders

Certainly there are young people who would like to pursue opportunities in the public sector. In other communities, high school students have not only learned how government works, but have gone on in their adult lives to be active participants.

2. Opportunity for community service

Community service is a valuable component for college and or job applications. At the same time, our young people can provide resources for projects like park equipment refurbishing or HillsFest volunteers.

3. Understanding of age specific concerns

Participants on the Youth Advisory Commission will be able to provide insights that are specific to their age group. This will be very valuable as programs and improvements are considered by the Board of Aldermen.

4. Broader communication

This organization will give us new ways to communicate with our residents. Their students will be well informed citizens and in a unique position to further communicate with their families and friends.

5. Broader based support for community activities

Again, involvement in HillsFest by young people can increase attendance. The Youth Advisory Commission can also work with our Park Commission to create more programs for specific age groups.

Next Steps

The first step is to develop a group of interested students. They, in turn, will work with members of the Board of Aldermen to create the charter for BOA approval. Interested students who are currently in grades 9 through 12 can indicate their interest by emailing Mayor Eric Ovlen at ericovlen@villageofthehills.org, or texting him at 805-304-3788. Students will be contacted in the near future about the initial planning meetings.