Want to increase youth engagement regarding city business?
The Tigard City Council is creating a Youth City Councilor position for students entering their junior or senior year of high school in the fall.
Mayor Jason Snider announced the creation of the position at his April 10 State of the City presentation in an effort to give young people a chance to represent a student viewpoint on city issues that affect them.
The youth councilor will attend regular meetings of the City Council, which are on the first, second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. That student will do everything an elected councilor does except cast a binding vote on city issues.
In addition, they will be invited to participate in all City Council activities outside of regularly scheduled council meetings such as National Night Out, Meet & Greets, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, etc. as long as the activity does not interfere with school commitments.
Eligible students must be residents of the City of Tigard but may attend a public or private school serving Tigard residents (Tigard High School, Westview High School, Southridge High School, Muslim Educational Trust, Jesuit, St. Mary's of the Valley, etc.) and maintain passing grades in their classes.
The selected applicant will serve a one-year term beginning July 1 and ending on June 30, 2020.
Application deadline is May 31.
Those interested may apply online.