Teens looking to serve their community can apply to be part of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation Youth Commission, now in its sixth year. The youth commission gives teens the chance to become …
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Teens looking to serve their community can apply to be part of the South Suburban Parks and Recreation Youth Commission, now in its sixth year.
The youth commission gives teens the chance to become involved in their communities and in South Suburban events and activities, according to a news release. Commission members help organize fundraisers, host service projects and participate in fun activities with their peers.
Teens also will practice their skills in critical thinking, communications and creativity while learning about local government and the parks and recreation industry. Past projects included successful fundraising tournaments at Colorado Journey Mini Golf, preparation of hundreds of sack lunches for the homeless and low-income families, and volunteer opportunities with Children's Kindness Network in local elementary schools.
Members of the commission also organized and participated in a trail clean-up project along the Mary Carter Greenway.
Eligible students in grades 7-11 who live in the South Suburban district and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average in school are welcome to apply. Teens must be willing to share ideas in group settings and be accepting of others and their ideas.
The goals of the commission are to discuss and suggest possible solutions about issues that young people face; to provide input about programs that are offered to teens in the community; to promote positive programs with peers; to promote healthy living, including overall physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, and to provide opportunities to develop youth as future leaders.
The youth commission serves in an advisory role to the recreation department, and members are selected through an application and interview process facilitated through the youth commission and staff liaisons. Candidates will be appointed by the South Suburban Board of Directors.
The commission meets from 6-7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month from February through October.
For an application and more information, go to ssprd.org/Youth-Commission. Contact Sarah Nielsen at Sarahn@ssprd.org or 303-483-7034, or Chantel Tolan at ChantelT@ssprd.org or 303-754-0552. Applications are due Oct. 1.
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