Volunteering opportunities for students | School Briefs

Sep 07, 2018

City seeks student volunteers for Youth Commission

Now that the City of Edmonds has created a Youth Commission to give young people a presence in city government, youth volunteers are needed to help establish the new commission by participating in a series of work groups this fall.

A series of three-to-four work groups will be held after school in Edmonds in the late afternoons or early evenings during September and October. Input from these meetings will then be used to make recommendations to the City Council on the Youth Commission formation.

Participants should be Edmonds residents and in attendance at a local area high school, Running Start program or home school.

Interested volunteers can contact carrie.hite@edmondswa.gov, or 425-771-0256.

The idea of a youth commission was presented to the City Council by a group of local high school students this summer who spoke about their desire to have a presence in city government.

Under the ordinance unanimously approved by the City Council in June, the Youth Commission’s mission is “to protect, preserve, and enhance the quality of life for Edmonds youth by advising the City Council and the public on issues relating to youth policies, programs, and opportunities.”

The commission will include nine members and two alternates, who will fill one-year terms, with up to three terms allowed per member. Each city councilmember will make one appointment, while the mayor will appoint two members plus the two alternates.

Diversity Commission seeks student representative

The City of Edmonds is seeking student representative applicants interested in serving a one-year term on the Diversity Commission.

Edmonds students interested in working on issues, programs and activities associated with the changing demographics of the community and enhancing an environment of mutual respect and understanding are encouraged to apply to fill one available student representative position.

Applicants should be 16-25 years of age; live in Edmonds but not required to attend Edmonds schools; be able to meet on first Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m.; and commit to reading materials that are distributed to the Commission.

Those of diverse personal backgrounds, such as ethnic heritage, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and age are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals may pick up an application at the reception desk in the lobby of City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N, or call 425-771-0247 to receive an application by mail or email.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Arts Commission seeks student representative

The Edmonds Arts Commission has an open position for a student representative starting in September.

Students leadership qualities and any level of experience or background in the visual, literary, and/or performing arts who are Edmonds residents, age 16-25, enrolled in high school or college-level classes during the 2018-2019 academic year are encouraged to apply.

The position qualifies for volunteer or community service hours and can be added as a civic affiliation on resumes. A letter of recommendation is available upon successful and satisfactory completion of the term.

The term is for one calendar year. Responsibilities include participating in the monthly EAC meeting, (held the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Frances Anderson Center, and assisting with commission programs.

Depending on the student’s interests and current EAC programming, possible projects may include organizing quarterly visual art exhibits for the McDevitt Youth Art Case in the Frances Anderson Center, supporting preparation for the annual Write on the Sound Conference, and support for music programs and other special projects. As a non-voting member of the Arts Commission, students are encouraged to report on local youth artistic events and activities.

Applications should be received by 5 p.m., Monday Sept.10, addressed to Student Representative Application, Edmonds Arts Commission, 700 Main Street, Edmonds, WA 98020, or email to Arts and Cultural Services Manager Frances Chapin at frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov.

The application is available to download under “Opportunities” on the Arts Commission website, www.edmondsartscommission.org.

Rotary Clubs takes students shopping

Fifty-two students from Spruce Elementary and Mountlake Terrace Elementary will start the school year with new clothes and fully stocked backpacks thanks to Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club and the JC Penney store at Alderwood Mall.

The event pairs a Rotarian with a student and a $125 gift card, which buys significantly more due to savings and specials offered by the retailer.

This marks the 15th year of the shopping event by the Rotary Club, although preparation starts in December at the Club’s Christmas Basket Auction.

Alderwood Terrace Rotary meets every Friday at 7 a.m. for breakfast in the cafeteria of Swedish Edmonds hospital.




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