January 19, 2015

Mayor's Youth Council

Dear Friends:

On behalf of Mayor Eric Garcetti, I invite you to nominate or recommend a few passionate students to partake in the Mayor's Youth Council. We are looking for highly motivated 10th and 11th graders who are interested in civic engagement, community and youth issues, and the municipal government system.

Each of Los Angeles’ eight areas (East Valley, West Valley, South L.A., Downtown, Eastside, Harbor, Westside, and Central) will have its own Youth Council made up of around 25 local applicants, and they will participate in civic engagement and community service projects sourced from their local area. The students' area will be determined by the school they attend, rather than the area they live.

The goal of the Youth Council is for young Angelenos to learn about civic engagement, while expressing their own views on how to improve government and affect change in their communities. Monthly meetings will consist of discussions and workshops focused on their communities as well as Los Angeles at-large. There will be quarterly meetings during which the 8 Youth Councils will get together and meet in a large group. Youth Council members will have the opportunity to meet many figures working inside of, outside of, and with government. They will also work on creating a long-term project that will affect their community. This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth and city to work together and learn from one-another. If you know of any qualified candidates for the Mayor's Youth Council, please pass along the attached application. The application also includes the qualifications youth must meet to apply.

If you'd like me to make a presentation about this program or if you have any follow-up questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me (direct line: 213-304-5869). You may pass on my contact information to the youth applicants as well. The application, recommendation, and unofficial transcript are due to me (via e-mail: amanda.mejia@lacity.org) by midnight on FEBRUARY 15TH. Please read the instructions carefully. 

Thank you for your participation and assistance in getting this important program started.

Kind regards,

Amanda Mejia, MSW

External Affairs, Area Representative East Valley
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
818.778.4990 Van Nuys

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