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Leaders Wanted For Lakewood Youth Advisory Council

Attention high school students who live or attend class in Lakewood: your City wants you.

The City of Lakewood is currently recruiting people such as yourself for its Youth Advisory Council. Whether you attend Lakes or Clover Park, the Lakewood Career Academy or simply live in Lakewood but attend class somewhere else, this is a great opportunity for you to develop leadership skills, bulk up your resume for college and gain invaluable experience.

Applications for the Youth Advisory Council will be accepted through July 11. Here are the details:

POSITION: Youth Councilmember to the Lakewood City Council

DATE CLOSED: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

TERM: June 2014 through July 2015

BASIC FUNCTION: Under the direction of a designated City Councilmember, convey to the City Council issues having city wide impact to youth; research, collect, analyze and compile data and information for inclusion in reports; maintain records and files related to youth issues and youth programs.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: Convey to the Mayor and City Council, through oral and/or written presentations at City Council meetings, issues impacting youths that may have city wide impact; assist other students to become involved in their communities; prepare a variety of correspondence, reports and other materials. Maintain records of all communications between Youth Councilmembers and City Council; provide summary status reports relating to issues presented to Council and resolutions, if any. Organize and coordinate youth forums and activities; communicate with youth throughout Lakewood as well as to citizens, community groups, Human Services Collaboration members and outside organizations. Interact with principals and students of designated public and private schools in person and on the phone. Participate on a variety of City committees, study groups and task forces; attend a variety of meetings as assigned. Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination equivalent to: an entering High School student in good academic standing, including a good attendance record. Past leadership experience and/or involvement in school or community organizations and/or events desired. Must attend a school in Lakewood or reside in Lakewood.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Business and school environment. Able to attend Lakewood City Council meetings on the first Monday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. and Youth Council meetings on the first and third Monday evenings of each month at 6:00 p.m.

PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Hearing and speaking to exchange information.

TO APPLY: Submit a letter of interest stating a) why you want to be considered and b) any past/present/future involvement in your school (i.e. clubs, student government, etc.) or community to: City Manager’s Office, Attn: Briana Schumacher, Executive Assistant, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, Lakewood, WA 98499-5027 by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. Please include your contact information including: address, phone number and email address on the letter.