The Escambia County Board of Commissioners is offering a new program for area high school students interested in becoming involved in their community, learning the inner workings of local government and sharpening their leaderships skills: the Escambia County Youth Commission. Applications for the inaugural program are due Thursday, Feb. 28 for the 2019-20 school year.
The Escambia County Youth Commission was created by District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh to give Escambia youth a vehicle to participate in the process of county government. The youth commission is a leadership and service-oriented program for young leaders who want to serve their commission districts on behalf of their peers and learn how to influence public policy.
To apply, students must meet the following the requirements:
- Be a resident of Escambia County.
- Attend school in Escambia County (public school, private, charter or home-school).
- Be in 10th or 11th grade during the 2019-20 academic school year.
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (unweighted).
- Provide own transportation to and from program meetings.
- Submit a complete application by the Thursday, Feb. 28 deadline.
The youth commission will consist of 10 members. Each Escambia County Commissioner will select two Youth Commissioners who reside in their respective districts. Selected students must commit to attend one afternoon/evening meeting a month during their leadership position, to be held on the second Tuesday of the month. Additional volunteer or community opportunities may be selected or organized by the members of the youth commission.
For more information and a program application, please visit myescambia.com/youthcommission.