Twenty-three apply for Youth Advisory Commission
On Jan. 7, Cleveland Heights City Council voted 6-1 in favor of establishing the Cleveland Heights Youth Advisory Commission, to enhance communication between government, youth and the community and to provide advice to council on youth issues.
Twenty-three young people applied for the job by the Feb. 8 deadline, and city council is currently reviewing the applications.
“I am hopeful that council can discuss and finalize the selections at its March 4 meeting,” said Jason Stein, council member. “The applicant pool is impressive and really demonstrates that the youth of Cleveland Heights are intelligent, engaged and civic-minded. Each of the applicants is qualified and, in my opinion, would serve the city well.”
There are ten positions for youths on the commission, which will also include three nonvoting adults. “Council will have to make some tough choices,” said Stein. “The large number of applications received illustrates how important and needed this Youth Advisory Commission is to the youth of the city.”
Council has selected James Moore, a Recreation Advisory Board member, to be a nonvoting member. Council will also select a Heights High teacher and a Cleveland Heights police officer to serve on the commission.
“Our youth want to be part of the solution,” said Stein. “The Youth Advisory Commission will give them that opportunity in a way that was never previously available to them.”
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.