Thanks to the powerful partnerships with the Madera school district, elected officials, and other public and private partners, the City of Madera voted unanimously to establish a Youth Commission on September 5, 2018.
Youth Commissions are the voice of youth in local government. A recognized entity of city government, the Madera Youth Commission will be responsible for advising the Madera City Council and the Mayor on policies and laws related to young people. The Commission is also charged with providing comment and recommendation on all proposed laws that would primarily affect youth before the City Council takes final action.
Just in the last year, YLI-supported youth commissions have helped pass policies that create jobs for youth, institute restorative justice practices for underage drinking, and ensure that juvenile fees are removed from the books, among other incredible policy wins. In Madera, it will become a key platform for bringing youth voice to the decision-making table.
The first Commission will be comprised of 7 young people. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 term. All Madera youth 15-21 years old are welcome to apply — LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color are highly encouraged to apply!