The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is a County Commission composed of young people, grades 8th through 12th, and serves as the official youth policy body to Santa Clara County. YTF strives to improve children’s lives by analyzing policies and programs that impact children and youth in Santa Clara County, providing informed advice to local policy-makers and supporting community service activities throughout the county. The purpose of the YTF is to ensure youth have representation in policy decision-making.
WHO CAN APPLY? Students grades 8th through 12th, and who reside and attend school in Santa Clara County, and are appointed by their Board of Supervisor Representative. YTF members are non-paid volunteers working with county officials, community leaders, community based organizations and others.
There are 16 YTF members representing the following constituencies:
- 2 from each of the five Supervisor Districts (selected by the Supervisor representing that district)
- 6 additional “at large” members
Time Commitment and General Responsibilities: Approximately 15 to 20 hours per month:
- Participate in an Orientation/Team Building training at the beginning of each school year.
- Attend bi-monthly, regularly scheduled meetings. Youth Task Force meetings are held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. every other Tuesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public.
- Plan the Agenda and Co-chair at least one YTF meeting during the course of the year.
- Meet once a month with the Supervisor or Supervisor staff representative from your district.
- Attend Board of Supervisor meetings and committee meetings when issues pertinent to the YTF are discussed.
- Preparation and research: conducting research to inform recommendations from the YTF.
- Seek the opinions, thoughts, and ideas from other youth in the community to inform YTF recommendations.
- Participate in at least 3 community service activities over the course of the year.
- Attend other community events and activities representing the YTF as needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of YTF Members:
- Demonstrate a commitment to all children and youth in Santa Clara County and a high value for the diversity of the youth of our community.
- Willingness to respectfully handle conflict and constructively seek solutions when disagreement arises.
- Strong communication skills (public speaking skills a must)
- Willingness to work in youth-adult partnerships and ensure that both youth and adults feel valued and respected.
- Willing to take initiative, is responsible and has a positive attitude.
- Is punctual, organized and has good time management skills.
- Ability to contribute to the team and to hold themselves and others accountable.
- Openness to explore specific problems and issues, service needs, perspectives and lifestyle patterns affecting youth groups and youth in general.
For further information, please contact Mario Lopez via email at Mario.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 408-299-5030.