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Openings for high school students in city government

By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
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High school students interested in making a difference in their community are encouraged to apply for four open youth positions on several Roseville city commissions.
Currently there are positions for youth representatives on Roseville’s Library Board, Parks & Recreation Commission, Grants Advisory Commission and the Transportation Commission.
Ideally, applicants to the positions will be a junior in high school or younger in order to fulfill the year term that begins in January and runs through December. After the first term, the applicant may be asked back for a second term at the city’s discretion.
“Not only should the applicants be interested in the governmental process, some experience or connection to the field that they are applying for is also a plus,” said Jeff Dubchansky, Roseville Parks and Recreation director.
The applicant interested in the Library Board may have an opinion on the next site for a library or may have volunteered for the library in the past.
An interest in local government and policies takes a front seat to experience in the field, Dubchansky said. Expectations of youth commissioners include reviewing monthly meeting agenda, attending monthly board and commission meetings and participating in discussions and votes.
“It’s important to remember that they are the voice of the youth community,” Dubchansky said. “We are looking for someone who can responsibly represent our youth community and wants to be involved in the local processes.”
Although mentors are assigned to every youth commissioner to help them along the way and answer any questions, an outgoing personality paired with a “jump in with two feet” attitude is needed to get involved with the government process, Dubchansky said.
“You’re working with seven other adults so it can be pretty intimidating to have to speak and get involved right away,” Dubchansky said. “But it can be the best way to learn how the process works and how an idea goes through the process and the outcome of that idea, the positives and the negatives.”
Deadline to apply for the youth positions is 5 p.m Friday, Oct. 16. Interviews will be conducted in November and appointments to positions will be made during a December city council meeting. At the time of appointment, applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18, enrolled in high school and reside within the city limits of Roseville. For applications or more information visit Roseville.ca.us.

youth representative openings
library board
Parks and recreation commission
grants advisory commission
transportation commission

Deadline to apply:  5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16

Info: roseville.ca.us