You’ve heard it said that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow. While that is true, I firmly believe that the youth are also the leaders of today. Below you will find links to programs and services that our youth can get involved in.
Serve on the Youth Commission
Who We Are and What We Do
The purpose of the Youth Commission is to bring Fresno’s young people to the decision-making table on issues impacting youth within the jurisdiction (powers) of the city. The Youth Commission will serve as a space where young people can work to create positive change in our community by using their voices in shaping and developing social, economic, recreational, and educational programs that serve youth.
The City of Fresno Youth Commission will be composed of 16 youth ages 15-21, eight voting members, and eight alternate, non-voting members. Two members will be appointed from each of Fresno’s seven city council districts and two will be appointed at large by the Mayor. Appointments are for a two-year term. Procedures are in place to ensure that the members of the Youth Commission are representative and inclusive of the rich diversity of the City of Fresno, including but not limited to:
- Ethnically and culturally diverse youth
- Youth with health disparities
- Youth who are out of school
- Youth who are unemployed
- Youth who are homeless
- Youth who are LGBTQIA+
Youth Commissioners will be trained and supported by the Youth Leadership Institute and the City of Fresno. Each year, Youth Commissioners benefit from youth leadership training and prioritize those issues that most impact youth and/or that have little or no youth input or representation.
How Often We Meet
At least once a month for 2 hours, but usually meet twice a month. Youth Commissioners decide their meeting dates and times that work best to accommodate their schedules. Meetings tend to be in the evenings. Commissioners must be willing to commit 10 hours a month to the Youth Commission in times when needed.
Who can be a Commissioner?
Each voting member and alternate must attend a school and/or reside in the city of Fresno and be between the ages of 15 and 21. You must be passionate about youth and community issues—about the decisions the city makes that affect you and your friends!
What dates and activities are mandatory to attend as a Commissioner?
- Swearing-In and Meet Elected Officials
- Youth and Parent Orientation
- Meeting with Elected Officials
- Monthly Meetings and/or training: Twice a month but at least once a month
- One-two Day Summer Training
- One-Day Winter Training
- One-Day Spring Training
Youth Programs/Services in Fresno
Youth Leadership Institute
Fresno Barrios Unidos
Girl Scouts of Central California South
Fresno EOC Sanctuary Youth Shelter
Comprehensive Youth Services of Fresno, Inc
Hope for Youth
Every Neighborhood Partnership
Boys and Girls Club
Reading and Beyond
Valley Teen Ranch