Sixteen youth leaders in high school and college were sworn in last week as the very first members of The City of Fresno’s Youth Commission. The Youth Commissioners were selected and appointed for a two-year term by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and each of the seven Fresno City Council members.
The event was featured widely in local media. Please see highlights below or access the following media coverage:
The Fresno Bee’s full article, “Fresno’s first-ever youth commissioners appointed by council.”
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria article, “Youth commission gives voice to Fresno’s young residents.”
Ricky Reyna, one of our fantastic youth leaders, published the editorial “Ricky Reyna: Fresno’s youths find their voices.”
Also view ABC 30’s television coverage of the event and Facebook images of the swearing-in ceremony.
“Sixteen appointees are photographed together following Thursday’s Fresno City Council meeting where they were officially sworn in as the city’s Youth Commission. The advisory group will focus on issues of interest to youth.”
“Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria, who sponsored legislation last year to include funding for the commission in the city’s budget, described the appointments as historic because while Fresno had previously attempted to establish a youth council, “that never came to fruition.””