Youth Commission

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Purpose

To serve as an advisory body to the City Council on all matters dealing with youth.

Members/Terms/Requirements

Fifteen Commissioners (13 youths between the ages of 13 – 19; and 2 adult representatives from Conejo Recreation and Park District and Conejo Youth Employment Service) serve 2 year, rotating terms. City residency is required of all youth members.

Projects

Youth Commission hosts several youth services/events in the community, including:

FEATURED EVENT: $5 High School Hang Out - join us on Friday, December 1 from 7-10pm in a great safe space to be creative, listen to music, or just hang out with friends.  There will be cookies to decorate, pizza and cocoa all included in the $5 price.  Visit  www.arttrek.org to register in advance or just come and pay at the door.

ANNUAL EVENTS

Youth Leadership Summit Biennially the Youth Commission hosts a leadership summit where students residing or going to school in the City of Thousand Oaks, ages 13-18 can join round table discussions with Community Leaders such as the Mayor, City Council, Conejo Recreation and Park District Board Members, Conejo Valley Unified School District Board Members, Members of the business community, and local non-profits to share concerns and ideas to continue to keep Thousand Oaks youth friendly.  The event will be held on February 8, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Applications will be accepted from November 1 through January 15, 2018.

Therapeutic Dance -One of the many challenges faced by teens and adults with disabilities is the lack of opportunities to enjoy the same range of experiences available to those without disabilities. The Youth Commission is proud to sponsor an annual Therapeutic Dance for young adults with functional disabilities. Participants are provided with an unforgettable experience, including entertainment, refreshments, socialization with old and new friends, photo sessions, and dancing the night away! Held at the Alex Fiore Teen Center, 1375 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, in March each year.

Youth Recognition Awards - If you are an agency, school, or non-profit and you have a teen that goes above an beyond volunteering for you, please consider nominating them for this award.  You may nominate more than one youth.  They must go to school or live within the City of Thousand Oaks (this includes the Ventura portion of Westlake Village, and Newbury Park).  Applications are accepted through February 28 for the 2018 awards held on May 17, 2018.

 Youth/teens play an active role in supporting the community. They volunteer their time, talent, and creativity to benefit hundreds of clubs, organizations, and events. From working with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to assisting neighbors, tutoring, organizing fundraisers, and volunteering at events, their altruistic spirit is an example to all. The Youth Commission hosts an annual event to honor teens as a way to thank them for their contributions and to bring attention to their volunteer spirit. 

Liaison Service: Youth Commission members also act as liaisons to other teen related agencies in the community such as the: Fabulous Alex Fiore Teen Center Advisory Council; Therapeutic Advisory Council; Conejo Coalition for Youth and Families; and Associated Student Governments at all local schools.

Meetings: Youth Commission meets on the first and third Wednesday of the each month. On the first Wednesday of each month, meetings are at the Civic Arts Plaza in the Boardroom at 6:30 p.m. If your youth organization is having an event, attend our monthly televised meeting and make an announcement. We also encourage representatives from middle schools and high schools to come to our televised meetings and give school reports.

For questions or additional information contact Youth Commission liaison Francine Sprigel at (805) 381-7362 or YouthCommission@toaks.org.

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