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Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: January 26, 2011
Contact: Gay Neal, Human Service Planner
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Special Facilitators slated for February's Commission on Children and Youth Meeting

Youth representatives are leading a Youth forum on teen issues

  • What:   Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth

  • When:    Thursday, February 3, 2011, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m

  • Where:  Norm Dicks Government Center,
                  345 6th Street, Bremerton

(Port Orchard, WA) -  Youth representatives from the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth are facilitating the regular monthly meeting February 3rd. The Commission is an appointed body of the Kitsap County Commissioners charged to advise on needs, facilitate agency coordination, and advocate for a healthy, responsible and productive environment for children, youth, and their families. The Commission has up to 24 representatives from education and schools, health and social service providers, juvenile justice and law enforcement, community leaders and non-profit organizations.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation by North Kitsap High School’s Lifesavers on youth suicide prevention, and a special Youth Forum. Youth representatives Maya Clark and Lorene Parker, who planned the agenda, are conducting a short Youth Forum to give teens an opportunity to express their ideas, opinions and needs with decision makers and youth program staff. Results from the Youth Forum are used identify issues and set direction for the Commission over the next few years.

Maya Clark, 16, is the Central Kitsap School District Representative to the Commission. She is a senior in the Running Start program at Olympic College. She has a long-term goal of attending an Ivy League school and being an Attorney, although someday she would like to be a published novelist. A realistic goal, as she recently won second place in the Kitsap Regional Library’s Short Story Contest.

Lorene Parker, 18, currently serves as the South Kitsap School District Representative to the Commission. She is also a senior in the Running Start program at Olympic College. For the last three years Lorene has been an active cadet in the Civil Air Patrol. Her plans include attending Air Force ROTC at Central Washington University and receiving a pilot slot after college.

“Handing over facilitation of our monthly meeting gives both of these teens an opportunity to practice their leadership skills,” according to Elayne Burton, Commission Chair. “In addition, youth in our community who attend this meeting will have a chance to voice their concerns and creative ideas for change,” added Burton. More information about the Commission is found at the link listed below.

Additional Resources:

Commission on children and Youth web page

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