The mission of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is to serve and improve the Hillsboro community through positive activities, strengthening relationships, appreciating diversity, and forming more supportive relationships between youth and adults.
YAC members develop, organize, participate in and manage a number of community events, programs and service projects throughout the school year.
Members work to promote an understanding between local youth and local government by:
- Finding creative ways to educate the general public concerning issues affecting Hillsboro's youth.
- Providing review and comment to elected officials and City decision-makers regarding public issues, projects and proposals that have an impact on youth.
- Working with the mayor, City Council, City departments, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, civic groups and other community organizations to create civic engagement opportunities for local youth.
Students interested in joining the YAC need to submit an application to the YAC advisor when application process opens. 20-25 high school students are selected to serve on theh council each school year. Students must reside in the Hillsboro School District. Recruitment for new members occurs in the spring, but applications are accepted year-round.
Applications are reviewed and scored based on several qualification categories, including: GPA, community involvement, volunteer service, interest in civic engagement and leadership experience. In addition to completing an application, interviews may be held to complete member selection.
Applications available: February 2013
Applications due: April 23, 2013
Interviews Scheduled: May 1 - 16, 2013
Applicant Selection: 2013-14 YAC members will be selected by May 28, 2013.
YAC meets at the Hillsboro Civic Center on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Dates and times may vary each year. Officers and subcommittees will have one additional Tuesday meeting each month.
YAC members are expected to attend all meetings and be active participants in meetings and events. All members should be willing to dedicate a few hours per week for the meetings, which includes additional hours for the committee's various events and activities.
Co-President: Dorian Kershaw
Co-President: Emily Van Vleet
Secretary: Nidhi Pai
Treasurer: Sophie VanDyke
Historian/Website Manager: Noelani Gonzales
YAC members selected the following topics as areas of focus:
For more information about the Hillsboro YAC, please contact Kristi Wilson, YAC Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (503) 615-3479.