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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 19, 2005

Youth commission debuts at council session

The members of the new City of Kansas City, Mo., youth commission will be introduced during the City Council legislative session Oct. 20.

The youth commissioners will meet at City Hall every fourth Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 24.

The purpose of the Kansas City Youth Commission is to mobilize and encourage Kansas City youth to become engaged in the civic arena, as well as promote positive programs and activities in the community. The City established the Kansas City Youth Commission to give young people ages 12-21 the opportunity to be the official youth voice in the City’s decision-making process.

The 17 youth commission members were chosen through a competitive selection process based on their commitment and desire to engage the young people of the community. Each council member selected one youth commissioner and the mayor appointed five members.

They will actively participate in the City’s processes to ensure that young people have a role and a voice in policy and budget decisions that impact their lives. Members will represent and advocate for the needs and desires of Kansas City's youth and encourage involvement of their peers in Kansas City’s political system.


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