BRENTWOOD -- The youth-oriented community of Brentwood will host a Teen Town Hall Forum to find out what is important to middle school and high school students.

The April 10 event at the Brentwood Community Center is being organized by the Brentwood Youth Commission, which consists of 10 students who want to make Brentwood an ideal place for youth to live. The theme of the forum is "Let Your Voice Be Heard."

"The forum is a great chance for the youth to get involved in their community," said commission secretary Allison Strauss. "We are hoping for a good turnout and I encourage all of Brentwood's youth to come and check it out."

The free event is open to youth ages 11-18 and it counts toward required community service hours. Those in attendance will learn about the commission, participate in a survey, provide input on topics that are valuable to teens, share activity ideas and inform the commission on how to become more proactive for Brentwood youth, according to commission staff liaison Barbie Gary.

Commission leaders said that the event will allow them to better represent the youth and ensure that the city's youth programs and services offered are relevant and beneficial. The commission was founded in 1999 with those goals in mind.

"Receiving feedback from other teens in the community will ultimately benefit what the youth commission can do for our city," commissioner Madisun Marquez said.

The ideas and information gathered would be used to develop the commission's goals and ideas for the next school year, Gary noted.

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

IF You Go
The Brentwood Youth Commission is holding a Teen Town Hall Forum from 6:30-8 p.m. April 10 in the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. For more details, call the Brentwood Parks & Recreation Department at 925-516-5366.