In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our future leaders, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (Board) partners with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) to facilitate and support the El Dorado County Youth Commission.
Youth Commission members. Top row (left to right) Dane Sheridan, Carter Hill, Amanda Kendler, Fatima Vazquez Rios, Abegale Jones; Front Row (left to right) Edith Rivera, Grace Salvestrin, Anavi Deshmukh, Calyssa Glas
Each school year, students are appointed to the Youth Commission by the County Board of Supervisors to help develop and express the opinions, ideas, and vision of El Dorado County youth by working with local government and community decision-makers. Through the program, students gain leadership skills and work toward common goals as they partner with other youth organizations, assist with local community service activities, and discover ways to better communicate with youth about various opportunities available in El Dorado County.
It is an honor to collaborate with our school districts and County Board of Supervisors in support of developing young leaders,” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools. “We see great potential and promise in this special group of students.”
El Dorado County Youth Commission join the County Board of Supervisors during the annual Shadow Day.
In November, the Youth Commission participated in their annual Shadow Day, and commissioners accompanied the Board during one of their regularly scheduled meetings. They provided input on agenda items such as public comments, countywide housing and employment projections through 2040, funding approval for community outreach requests, and a presentation regarding an update to the proposed methodology process for the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
Youth Commission sitting at County Board of Supervisor’s meeting.
“It was truly inspiring to work along-side these future leaders,” stated Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who serves as the Board’s Liaison for the Youth Commission. “Shadow Day offers the commissioners first-hand exposure to the intricacies of our local leadership. I am proud of the Commissioners for sharing their insights surrounding the agenda items at this meeting.”
“Participating in the Board of Supervisors meeting was fascinating,” noted Carter Hill, Youth Commission Vice-Chair. “Understanding the balance between meeting the varying needs of each El Dorado County community and maintaining the overall respect for County constituents, while also being mindful of future impacts and budget restraints is not an easy undertaking. It was a privilege to participate in agenda item discussions with our County Leaders. As a Commission, we are grateful for this educational opportunity.”
More information about the Youth Commission program can be found on their website: http://charter.edcoe.org/resources/edc-youth-commission