Learn More about the Parker Youth Commission

Overview

Approved by the Parker Town Council on May 16, 2022, the Youth Commission serves to provide a means for students in the Town of Parker to learn about government, participate in the process and represent and articulate the needs of the community’s youth. This Commission consists of nine members, initially appointed with staggered terms so that five are appointed for two-year terms and four are appointed for one-year terms (2022/2023). Thereafter, Commissioners will be appointed to two-year terms.

2022/2023 Important Dates

  • Applications Accepted - July 11 through August 19, 2022
  • Interviews - week of August 29, 2022
  • Notification of Selection - mid-September
  • Town Council Appoints Commissioners, Chair and Vice-Chair at the Town Council Meeting
    • 7 p.m.
    • Monday, September 19, 2022
    • Town Hall - Council Chambers, 20120 E. Mainstreet, Parker CO 80138
  • Meetings (the first meeting will be Tuesday, September 20, 2022)
    • 6:30 p.m.
    • 3rd Tuesday of each month
    • Town Hall - Pikes Peak Community Room, 20120 E. Mainstreet, Parker CO 80138

Criteria to Serve

  • Must reside within the Town of Parker service area; however, youth with strong ties to Parker (attend school, work, etc.) that reside in Douglas County may also be considered for membership
  • Must attend a Colorado-recognized high school or home school in grades 9 – 12
  • Must be willing to regularly attend Commission meetings
  • Must demonstrate community interest and a willingness to serve the youth and Parker community
  • May not be currently employed by the Town of Parker

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Town Council, and:
    • Acquire a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the American political system through active participation
    • Make recommendations to the Mayor and Town Council on matters affecting youth in Parker and identify opportunities to increase youth participation and involvement in local government
    • Relay information from the commission to the community through sharing updates about commission opportunities, activities, events, projects and other important updates relevant to and for Parker’s youth
  • Serve the youth of Parker by:
    • Informing the Parker municipal government of the needs and wishes of youth
    • Planning and implementing social, educational, public safety, cultural and recreational activities for youth
    • Organizing and performing service projects, events or functions that benefit the Parker community
    • Creating recognition programs for youth
    • Working with the Mayor, Council, Department Directors, schools, civic clubs and service organizations to provide service and leadership opportunities for youth

Officers

  • Interest in serving as an Officer role can be indicated on the application
  • The Commission will be composed of four Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary
  • Each Officer may serve one term, except the Vice-Chair, who immediately assumes an additional one-year term as Chair. Treasurer and Secretary are limited to two terms. The Vice-Chair is limited to one term as Vice-Chair and one term as Chair
  • The Town Council will appoint the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission
  • The Commission will elect Officers by majority vote to fill the positions of Treasurer and Secretary

For more information, please contact Cheri Sullivan, Community Relations Liaison, at 303.805.3265 or csullivan@parkeronline.org.