In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our future leaders, the County Board of Supervisors (Board) partners with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) to facilitate and support the El Dorado County Youth Commission.
Each school year, students are appointed to the Youth Commission by the County Board of Supervisors to help develop and express the opinions, ideas, and vision of El Dorado County youth by working with local government and community decision-makers. Through the program, students gain leadership skills and work toward common goals as they partner with other youth organizations, assist with local community service activities, and discover ways to better communicate with youth about various opportunities available in El Dorado County.
“We are privileged to partner with our school districts and County Board of Supervisors in supporting the development of our young leaders,” noted Dr. Ed Manansala, County Superintendent of Schools. “This community collaboration helps ensure that El Dorado County remains a very special place to live and work.”
On Tuesday, November 13th, the El Dorado County Youth Commission participated in their annual Shadow Day, where the commissioners sat with the Board during one of their regularly scheduled meetings. Commissioners were engaged in hearing public comments, contract approvals, a formal proclamation, and a discussion regarding the future of El Dorado County water.
“It is our honor to partner with our schools to provide this opportunity,” stated Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, who serves as the Board’s Liaison for the Youth Commission. “Shadow Day offers the commissioners first-hand knowledge on how local government, issues, and policies are managed, and the students gain insight into the leadership responsibilities and opportunities within our community.”
“The commissioners are grateful to have participated in Shadow Day,” noted Edith Rivera, Youth Commission Co-Chair. “It was a great experience for us, and it was interesting to hear the varying ideas and opinions regarding county business, especially since the Board’s decisions directly affect the community in which we have grown up.”
More information about the Youth Commission program can be found on their website: http://charter.edcoe.org/resources/edc-youth-commission