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New WL Youth Council moving forward

Application process set to take place in May

The formation of West Linn’s first “youth council” advisory board is about to ramp up this month, as the City is set to open the application process and appoint council members by the end of May.

According to City Council President Jenni Tan, who volunteered to lead the initiative, the youth council will be built with four primary goals: to teach students about the City’s legislative process and day-to-day operations; help them build relationships with city officials and other residents; provide a forum for student feedback to the City Council; and create an avenue to organize service projects and other events.

Students in the inaugural 2016-17 youth council must be West Linn residents entering grades nine through 12, and are required to commit several hours a month to the council while attending at least one meeting each month.

The council will include between 15 and 20 students selected by a panel of city officials.

“We haven’t really gotten to the curriculum (for the youth council),” Tan said. “We’re just focused on these goals and requirements to get out (to the public).”

Applications were released May 4, and are due by May 16. Interviews will then take place May 25 and those who are selected will be informed May 27. An informational session will then be held June 3.

The youth council will not formally convene until the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, but members who wish to get a head start will have several opportunities to engage this summer.

“We’re going to officially start in the fall,” Tan said. “But it’s nice for those who are around, if they want to engage, they could go to the Public Safety Advisory Board meetings and talk about teen safety, and board members offered to go to Music in the Park with them.”

Youth council members will serve throughout the entire school year and present to the City Council at least once annually. One councilor will attend each youth council meeting on a rotating basis.

To apply or find out more, visit westlinnoregon.gov/communications/west-linn-youth-advisory-council. Applications can be turned in at City Hall, the library or by email to Courtney Flynn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Patrick Malee can be reached at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..