Has anyone ever told you that you seem to have a lot of opinions? Do you have strong ideas and a feeling that you could "get stuff done" in your community? If you fit this description and are between the ages of 13 and 21, the Multnomah Youth Commission (MYC) is the place for you.

The MYC started in 1996 with the goal of providing youth voice in the decisions that are made by our elected officials and to change any negative community perception about youth. Today, the MYC is the official youth policy advisory group to both Multnomah County and the City of Portland. This includes adult staff from the Multnomah Commission on Children, Families and Communities as well as the Office of the Mayor.

The Multnomah Youth Commission does much of its work through its four committees. These committees consist of:

  • YouthPASS/Sustainability
  • YouthVOTE
  • School-Based Health Centers and
  • Education

Here are some of MYC's recent accomplishments:

  • Created “Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth” the first Bill of Rights in the nation written by youth for youth and adopted as official policy by a local government.
  • Established YouthVOTE!, a series of forums for young people to ask candidates for local elected office what they will do to advance the rights of young people
  • Youth commissioners conducted research, provided feedback and further input on the use of School-Based Health Centers and worked with students at Grant High School to hold an Awareness Week
  • Negotiated with the City of Portland, Portland Public Schools, and Trimet and successfully created YouthPASS, which provides free bus passes to every high school student in Portland Public Schools. Our next step is to expand to all high schools in Multnomah County.

The Youth Commission gets things done!
We can’t do this with out YOU(th)!

Serving as a Youth Commissioner can change your life and provide you with skills and opportunities to make our community better, stronger and a great place for youth to grow up and live. If you apply, you will join a body of youth that come from all over the area, with diverse ideas, cultures, and voices. We need your help to continue our momentum to improve your community for the better.

Applications are now available to serve on the 2010/2011 Youth Commission. In order to apply you must:

1. Be between the ages of 13-21 by August 1, 2010
2. Live, work or go to school in the City of Portland or Multnomah County
3. Be ready to have fun, work hard and voice your opinions

To apply, go to PDXyouth.org and click on the “Multnomah Youth Commission-Apply Now” box or contact one of the MYC staff:

Todd Diskin: todd.diskin@portlandoregon.gov, 503.823.2855
Marc Fernandes: marc.fernandes@co.multnomah.or.us, 503.988.5839

Want to know more?
Find MYC on Facebook or visit this Web site.