Youth Council will soon launch and is open to incoming and current high school students

The Estacada City Council will facilitate a program to allow teens to become more active in the city.

During a meeting on Monday, May 13, the City Council approved the creation of the Estacada Youth Council. The idea was proposed by Council President Katy Dunsmuir, and councilors hope to appoint members of the group during a meeting in June.

The youth council will be open to anyone living in the Estacada area, who is either an incoming or current high school-aged student, whether they attend Estacada High School, Summit Learning Charter, Clackamas Community College, other schools or home-school programs.

To launch the program, city leaders will collaborate with the Happy Valley Youth Council to host a forum during which young Estacada residents can discuss issues facing youths in the city. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at a time and location to be determined.

Dunsmuir noted that one goal of the gathering will be to facilitate a safe space for youths to discuss the topics on their mind.

"It will be safe to talk about whatever issues they're facing," she said.

Applications for the youth council will be available at the forum, as well as on the city's website, Deadline to apply is Monday, June 10.

Youth councilors would be responsible for developing their mission, priorities and events. Dunsmuir noted that members of the Happy Valley Youth Council sometimes also create their own meeting agendas.

She added that the most valuable part of the program will be "getting kids involved in the city."

"We need people who can address the issues facing youth," she said. "Who can do that better than the youth?"

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