Join the LA County Youth Commission

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Britany Medina , Staff Writer

In the early months of the year 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved and created its first-ever youth commission, which was proposed by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. This commission is giving young advocates the ability and opportunity to become more involved in shaping policies and programs that impact their everyday lives. And currently, the Los Angeles County Youth Commission is looking for its first cohort of youth commissioners.

 

According to an article by Sara Tanio, “Los Angeles County Creates Its First-Ever Youth Commission,” states, “ The commission, will monitor the outcomes of youth-serving county departments and will also offer recommendations to the board and departments regarding youth-related policies, programs and have the power to audit county department budgets.” Not only will this help improve and reshape programs and policies that have a great impact on our young generation. It will give power to young commissioners between the ages of 18-26-year-olds to propose and make recommendations on policies they believe will impact our youth.  Blacc Johnson, an 18-year-old that is involved with the LA County Probation Department, states, “My experiences and our experiences have to be part of the County Government, there are more than 200 commissions in LA County but none of them require youth representatives. It’s time that we finally have a voice in planning our future.

The Commission recently launched their Application and will be conducting interviews next month.

To become part of this youth commission, you have to be between the ages of 18-26, currently living, working, or going to school in LA County, and have lived experience in either child welfare or juvenile justice systems. If you or you have family/friends that are interested in becoming part of this youth commission, apply at https://youthcommission.lacounty.gov