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15 Local Teens Selected to Serve on Inaugural Yolo Youth Commission
Posted 11/22/22

Yolo Youth Commission

On November 22, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of 15 teenagers who will serve as the inaugural members of the Yolo Youth Commission.

Commissioners were appointed to a one-year term and may be reappointed for one additional one-year term. To reflect the diversity of the county, three youth representing each of the five supervisorial districts were selected.

"Yolo County recognizes that our youth’s voice matters in order to build a stronger and healthier community,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair, Supervisor Angel Barajas. “Representatives serving on the Yolo Youth Commission will provide meaningful insight on community and educational issues that will positively shape our county."

Applicants were nominated, referred, or self-applied and went through a rigorous interview and selection process to receive an appointment. In all, 87 youth applied to serve on the youth commission, with over half of the applications coming from the fourth supervisorial district in Davis, which is represented by Supervisor Jim Provenza.

To be eligible for the commission, youth were required to be between the ages of 13 and 18 and reside in Yolo County. The selected commissioners span from the seventh grade to the 12th grade. 

The 15 members appointed to the Yolo Youth Commission are:

  • Angel M., seventh-grade student at Esparto Middle School in Esparto
  • Chloe P., 10th-grade student at Davis Senior High School in Davis
  • Edelsy B., ninth-grade student at Woodland High School in Woodland
  • Emilio R., 12th-grade student at Cache Creek High School in Yolo
  • Hope C., 10th-grade student at River City High School in West Sacramento
  • Isabelle C., seventh-grade student at Da Vinci Junior High in Davis
  • Jazmin G., ninth-grade student at Harper Junior High School in Davis
  • Jennifer M., 10th-grade student at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis
  • Jesse V., 11th-grade student at Davis Senior High School in Davis
  • Lotus T., 11th-grade student at Yolo Education Center in West Sacramento
  • Miles M., 10th-grade student at Winters High School in Winters
  • Olivia B., 10th-grade student at River City High School in West Sacramento
  • Rabia R., 10th-grade student at Pioneer High School in Woodland
  • Riya V., eighth-grade student at Harper Junior High School in Davis
  • Zainab W., 10th-grade student at Davis Senior High School in Davis

The Yolo Youth Commission plans to begin meeting twice monthly starting in January 2023. Commissioners will discuss community issues to better understand the needs of youth and teens in Yolo County. 

In addition to bi-monthly meetings, youth will also receive leadership training and developmental opportunities to support them in their role as community representatives. There is no cost for the youth to participate in the commission. 

The Yolo Youth Commission is a partnership between the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE), Yolo County, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland. 

In May, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to establish the youth commission as a two-year pilot program and authorized YCOE to administer the program. The pilot is being funded by county cannabis tax revenue with additional grant funding from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center.

Once formed, a key function of the youth commission will be conducting an annual review of grant proposals to youth-centered efforts or youth organizations serving Yolo County. A total of $160,000 per year will be available for youth-centered grants during the two-year pilot.