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Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds, Centennial high schoolers invited to apply, bring new perspective to City Hall

PMG FILE PHOTO - Gresham is bringing back the Youth Advisory Council.Local high schoolers will have their voices heard thanks to the restarting of a Gresham program that brings together motivated, talented youths to guide city policy.

Gresham's Youth Services Department is restarting the Gresham Youth Advisory Council after a several year hiatus during the pandemic.

The youth council is a group of high school students in the Gresham area with a mission of serving the community through meaningful activities, educating peers, celebrating diversity and developing partnerships between schools and the city.

In the past, the Youth Advisory Council provided a new perspective to city leadership. It also allowed the members to learn about city services and careers, host events, and volunteer across the community. They ran campaigns around bullying, mental health and sexual harassment; convened hundreds of students for an annual summit; went on field trips to Salem to meet state legislators; and painted murals in Rockwood.

There is space for about 20 members to join the restarted program. Students from the Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds and Centennial districts are welcome to apply. Anyone selected will serve through June and can reapply for the next school year. Meetings are twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays at Gresham City Hall or virtually.

The deadline is Friday, Oct. 21.

Learn more and apply online at

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