BRENTWOOD -- In addition to currently seeking new members, the Brentwood Youth Commission is planning a Teen Town Hall event this spring to give local youths a voice in their community.

Founded in 1999, the commission is an advisory body to the Brentwood City Council and dedicated to allowing Brentwood youths to have a say in local government decisions, according to the commission's staff liaison, Barbie Gary. In addition to 10 youth commissioners ages 11-18, three adult advisers and city staff support the commission.

This summer, the commission will have seven open positions with two-year terms each. Meanwhile, this spring, the current commission is planning the April 10 Teen Town Hall at the Brentwood Community Center.

"I'm really excited for the Teen Town Hall because I think it's going to give the youth commission a chance to broaden what we do for Brentwood youth," said commissioner Madisun Marquez. "Since this is our first time offering this event, our goals include educating the youth of Brentwood on who and what the youth commission is and how they can get involved."

In the past, Gary said the commission has held youth-oriented dances and fundraisers as well as volunteered at annual civic events. They also offer high school senior scholarships through fundraising.


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"Our goals for the Teen Town Hall are to give Brentwood youth a chance to voice their opinions and concerns about our city," said commission secretary Allison Strauss. "It is our job to be a voice for the youth to try to implement positive change, and by hearing from others about what they would like to see, it guides the commission on what to focus on for the upcoming year."

According to Strauss, the upcoming forum's theme is "Let Their Voice Be Heard," and it is a great way for teens to start their community involvement and gain some leadership skills through the commission.

Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

HOW TO APPLY
Those interested in joining the Brentwood Youth Commission can obtain an application at City Hall or at www.brentwoodca.gov. They must be submitted by April 5. Applicants are asked to observe a meeting on March 6 or April 3 at 150 City Park Way. For more information, call 925-516-5444.