The El Dorado County Youth Commission is looking for youth to apply to be part of the Youth Commission Board, to participate in our meetings, and most importantly, to take an active role in our community.
The goal of the Youth Commission is to develop and express the opinions, ideas, and visions of the youth in the county. Students on the Commission participate as a youth government allowing an enriching leadership experience. The Commission helps youth fulfill goals that they have for their community. We are always looking for ways to help youth implement projects and ideas that will benefit the community.
On Tuesday, January 24th, the El Dorado County Youth Commission participated in the annual Shadow Day, where the Youth Commissioners join the County Board of Supervisors during one of the Board’s regularly scheduled meetings. The students gained valuable insight into how local government operates, how the Board manages issues and policies, and how to run a formal meeting. Misbah Shafi, Youth Commission Chair and a senior at Oak Ridge High School, stated, “It was a great learning experience! We are very appreciative of our Board of Supervisors and the El Dorado County Office of Education for providing this wonderful program.”
The Youth Commissioners enjoyed participating in the proceedings as well as discussing ideas with the Supervisors from the perspective of youth. "We really enjoyed having the Youth Commissioners join us,” noted Shiva Frentzen, Chair and District II Supervisor. “They bring a fresh perspective to our county's concerns, and we appreciate their insights.”
Each year the County Board of Supervisors appoints interested students to the Youth Commission to engage students in local government. Through the program, students gain valuable leadership skills as well as being able to share the perspective of youth regarding local issues.
“We value the opportunity that the Youth Commission provides for our county’s students to become involved in our local government,” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools. “The program plays an important role in helping our youth see the value in becoming informed and productive citizens.”
El Dorado County Youth Commissioners enjoyed Shadow Day with the Board of Supervisors. Pictured left to right: John Hidahl, Misbah Shafi, Shiva Frentzen, Tifany Wong, Brian Veerkamp, Sidney Esparza, Sue Novasel, Christian Anglin, Michael Ranalli, Joseph Goulart.
One thing I'd like to add to our community is the introduction of more sidewalks and bike lanes for travel. It's not easy to get around without driving a carbon emitting vehicle. I'd like to change that.
I'm excited to provide insight from a teenager's perspective on the issues facing our youth. We need more youth events and better transportation to help our youth get to those events.
I think the biggest issue facing our youth is mental health. With homework, relationships, sports, jobs, and other activities, teens start to feel like it is too much. I'm here to advocate for those people so they get what they need.
I like the "small town" feeling and how you can know a lot of people and know you might bump into someone you know at a social event. I'd like to add new ways of getting younger and older people together in the community.
I am honored to have the opportunity to be a voice for my peers and hopefully improve my community. I would like to provide more opportunities for youth and add awareness of what previous generations have done to build El Dorado County.
One of the biggest issues facing youth is the misuse of social media. I want to approach technology companies and schools to help develop programs focusing on the dangers of social media.
I like the peaceful nature of my community. I want to contribute to the community by establishing social activities and educating young people about the responsible use of social media.
I would like to create unity and bonding events for the community, youth conferences, and public events to address social and environmental issues. I would like to create these events to create unity within the community as well as show how some issues can affect a person and a community.
The thing I like best about our community is that we live in an environment that is quiet and calm. I'd like to bring in motivational speakers to address some of the challenges the youth face.
I love that the community is full of people that genuinely care for each other and help each other out. I appreciate that the community provides all the tools necessary for students to succeed in school no matter their financial background.
One of the biggest issues I feel that youth face in our community is mixed messages through social media about self-love and beauty. As commissioner, I would help promote how youth could view themselves through positivity and self-images.
My goal is to raise mental health awareness among the youth in our county and promote healthy lifestyles. I want to be able to bring the mental health training to all of the schools of the county, so all of the teachers, students, and staff may have a chance to partake in it.