City forms youth engagement task force

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Tacoma teens, ages 13 – 19, are encouraged to apply by Nov. 27, for a spot on the Mayor’s Youth Engagement Task Force.

“Young people are impacted every day by the decisions made in our community,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “Our youth should have a voice at the table and a way to weigh in on the policies we consider as lawmakers. It is never ‘too early’ to participate in shaping Tacoma’s future. The time is now, and I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations made by this task force.”

Prospective applicants will be evaluated by a group of community stakeholders as well as city staff. Finalists will be presented to the City Council for further consideration on Dec. 18.

Appointed members will serve from January to June, meeting twice a month at City Hall, and various public spaces around Tacoma with food and travel assistance provided.
Through the course of their work, members will:
· Learn from key community and City leaders and build new relationships;
· Cultivate a deeper understanding of local government and civic engagement;
· Develop the standard for youth engagement in Tacoma; and
· Gain public speaking, facilitation, organizing and communication skills.

Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Bucoda Warren at bucoda.warren@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 594-7925.

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