Alameda’s Youth Advisory Committee: Committed to the future
Life in Alameda centers on community. Diversity and unity go hand and hand on the island, as young and old alike are encouraged to take part in the governmental processes that are part of every citizen’s day to day life.
The Alameda Youth Advisory Commission is made up of eleven members, ages fourteen to twenty. The members must be residents of Alameda or attend school in Alameda. The YAC represents an opportunity for the young voices of Alameda to be heard on policies and issues that impact their lives. By including our young people in the political discussion, Alameda helps ensure that the next generation of citizens are well prepared to take part in the government.
The Commission makes policy recommendations and acts in an advisory capacity on matters referred to it by the Mayor, City Council or other committees within the City government. Youth members volunteer their time, about six hours a month, and learn leadership skills, earn community service hours, and help ensure that the voice of young people is heard.
Studies show that youth who participate in government are more prepared and involved citizens, able to understand how government works and take up their part in shaping future legislation and policy. The YAC consults and reports on some important matters in Alameda, including transportation issues, employment opportunities for young people, and legislation that has an impact on young people in Alameda.
Members are appointed by the Mayor from a pool of applicants. Members may serve for a maximum of two terms, and must attend monthly meetings as well as take part in Commission activities. During that time, they will have opportunities to take part in the governmental process of Alameda, and have a real impact on policies relating to youth development, open spaces and other important issues. The YAC is a great opportunity for politically-minded young people to gain insight and understanding into the political process.
The YAC meets on the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall. Members are required to attend an orientation at the beginning of the year, a monthly meeting, and spend an additional 2-3 hours participating in sub-committee activities or working on projects created by the Youth Commission.
Young people who are interested in learning more about the political workings of Alameda, who might be interested in a future career in politics, and who want to have their voices heard and make a real impact on the City of Alameda are encouraged to apply.