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.
The El Dorado County Youth Commission hosted members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and El Dorado County Office of Education Leaders (EDCOE), on Wednesday, February 13th at the commissioners’ annual Pasta Dinner. The students shared and gathered feedback on their focus this year, which is on the promotion of self-wellness and shifting the way El Dorado County students see and discuss mental health.
“Embracing healthy coping mechanisms to deal with our daily stressors and working toward breaking the stigma surrounding general mental health is important for every student,” explained Youth Commission Vice-Chair Mackaela Pedersen. “We are working toward the promotion of self-wellness in a relatable way – encouraging compassion, empathy, and understanding. Students juggle academic and social pressures 24 hours a day. We function in a world that does not stop, so it is important to make self-wellness a priority, reach out for help if you need it, and connect with other students. As a Commission, we want to help every student feel connected and understand we all deal with similar stresses.”
“It is a delight to see these young people in action, working out their vision and passion to benefit others,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manansala. “They are a strong, focused group of leaders who understand first-hand what their peers are going through.”
The Youth Commission helps identify the needs of El Dorado County youth and communicate those needs to our local representatives. The Board of Supervisors and EDCOE co-sponsor the Youth Commission, which operates as a youth government. The students learn about local governance while gaining important leadership skills.
“It is truly a unique opportunity for these youth to help shape the future of our county. It is an honor to work collaboratively with EDCOE to support these youth; both agencies are their champions for success,” noted Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who serves as the Board of Supervisors’ Liaison for the Youth Commission.
Students will take the information and ideas developed at the dinner to improve and advance their passion for a healthier, stronger youth population in the county.
“We really appreciate the feedback provided by our county leadership,” said Alexander Hamilton, Youth Commission officer and senior at Ponderosa High School. “The viewpoints and support will help us establish stronger outreach to our peers.”More information about the Youth Commission program can be found on their website: http://charter.edcoe.org/resources/edc-youth-commission
Youth Commissioners, Dane Sheridan, Kathy Witherow, and Amanda Kendler share their focus for Youth Commission's vision.
Mackaela Pedersen and Kevin Monsma prepare for Youth Commission's annual Pasta Dinner.
El Dorado County Youth Commission with El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and El Dorado County Office of Education Leadership L to R back row: Dane Sheridan, Mackaela Pedersen, Cassie Giese, Carlos Gonzalez, Kathy Witherow, Jim Mitrisin, Lori Parlin, Dr. Ed Manansala, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Kevin Monsma, Travis Oliver, Rithvik Murali, Alexander Hamilton, Elaine Gelber, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, Amy Pooley L to R front row: Amanda Kendler, Edith Rivera, Christian Selden, Supervisor John Hidahl, Cindy Munt, Shelley Wiley, Grace Silvestrin
In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our future leaders, the 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.
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.
“We are privileged to partner with our school districts and County Board of Supervisors in supporting the development of our young leaders,” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools. “This community collaboration helps ensure that El Dorado County remains a very special place to live and work.
”On Tuesday, November 13th, the El Dorado County Youth Commission participated in their annual Shadow Day, where the commissioners sat with the Board during one of their regularly scheduled meetings. Commissioners were engaged in hearing public comments, contract approvals, a formal proclamation, and a discussion regarding the future of El Dorado County water.
“It is our honor to partner with our schools to provide this opportunity,” stated Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who serves as the Board’s Liaison for the Youth Commission. “Shadow Day offers the commissioners first-hand knowledge on how local government, issues, and policies are managed, and the students gain insight into the leadership responsibilities and opportunities within our community.”
“The commissioners are grateful to have participated in Shadow Day,” noted Edith Rivera, Youth Commission Co-Chair. “It was a great experience for us, and it was interesting to hear the varying ideas and opinions regarding county business, especially since the Board’s decisions directly affect the community in which we have grown up.”More information about the Youth Commission program can be found on their website: http://charter.edcoe.org/resources/edc-youth-commission
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors welcomed the 2018/2019 El Dorado County Youth Commission at their annual Shadow Day event on November 13.
(L to R) Cassie Giese, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, Grace Silvestrin
(L to R): Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Alexander Hamilton, Travis Oliver, Rik Murali, Supervisor John Hidahl, Maria Sabalsa, Dane Sheridan, Supervisor Michael Ranalli, Carlos Gonzalez, Co-Chair Edith Rivera, Supervisor Shiva Frentzen, Vice-Chair Mackaela Pedersen, Amanda Kendler, Cassie Giese, Grace Salvestrin
(L to R): Board of Supervisors Youth Commissioner Liaison, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, Alexander Hamilton, Travis Oliver, Co-Chair Rik Murali, Maria Sabalsa, Dane Sheridan, Carlos Gonzalez, Co-Chair Edith Rivera, Vice-Chair Mackaela Pedersen, Grace Salvestrin, Cassie Giese, Amanda Kendler
Edith is a Senior at El Dorado High School this year. She believes 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. She is here to advocate for those people, so they get what they need.
Rik is a Junior at Oak Ridge High School. The thing he likes best about our community is the calm and quiet environment. He would like to see more motivational speakers meet with the Commission to address some of the challenges the youth face.
Mackaela is a Senior at Charter University Prep and loves the natural beauty and close-knit community of El Dorado County. She is also very passionate about serving on the El Dorado County Youth Commission because she enjoys collaborating with the other Commissioners to exercise ideas benefit the community youth.
Amanda is a Freshman at El Dorado Union High School. She enjoys swimming and is very excited to be serving as a Commissioner this year. Amanda’s appreciates the close-knit community of El Dorado County; she loves that everyone is always willing to help each other out.
Maria is a sophomore at Golden Sierra High School. She joined the El Dorado County Youth Commission to experience new things and new people. She enjoys the natural beauty of El Dorado County and reading outside in nature. Maria sees drug and alcohol use as an issue among teens and would like the Youth Commission to help address this issue.
Dane is returning to the Youth Commission with the hope of continuing to focus on 2017/2018’s mental health research. He is a Sophomore at Charter University Prep and looks forward to working with the group again to make change in the community.
Grace is a sophomore at Union Mine High School and feels honored to have the opportunity to be a voice for her peers and hopefully improve her community. She would like to provide more opportunities for youth and add awareness of what previous generations have done to strengthen El Dorado County.
This is Alexander’s first year on the Youth Commission. He is a Senior at Ponderosa High School and loves attending this school. Alexander is proud of his county and is happy to represent the youth in his community.
Cassie is excited to be a part of the Youth Commission because it is a good opportunity to help the community of El Dordao County. Cassie is a Senior at Union Mine High School and would like to help make positive change where she lives.
Travis is a Senior at Oak Ridge High School. In his spare time, Travis enjoys playing the trumpet. He is excited to be serving as a Youth Commissioner this year because it provides the opportunity to voice youth opinions on how to better the community where he lives.
Carlos is a Senior at Union Mine High School. This is Carlos' first year as a Commissioner and he's looking forward to strengthening his leadership skills. He would like to see El Dorado County embrace a center for college readiness classes and a place where teens can come together to study for tests like the SAT and ACT. He would like to see more diversity and racial awareness in El Dorado County.
Christian Selden is a junior at Charter University Prep who is passionate about lowering his carbon footprint and helping the youth of El Dorado County. He’s (mostly) vegan and enjoys writing. This year on Youth Commission, he’s especially concerned that the youth’s overreliance on technology and social media in their day-to-day lives is interfering with their ability to connect with others.