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Youth Advisory Committee Teens to Make Mark

 

Newly appointed members of the Perris Youth Advisory Committee pose for a group picture with City staff members.
Newly appointed members of the Perris Youth Advisory Committee pose for a group picture with City staff members. First row (l to r) Gabriella Bulcan, Ronnae Lockette, Llara Tovar, India Rockett, Shaeera Ahmed, Brittany Burch Back row (l to r) Perris staff members Sara Cortes de-Pavon, Sabrina Chavez and Paulnesha Magee; appointees Jeremy Guillermo, Martin Medrana and Josue Santana; City staff members Sarina Brannon and Josh Estrada.

Eleven teen-agers from throughout Perris were appointed Oct. 29 as the inaugural members of the City’s newly created Youth Advisory Committee.

City officials, as part of their long-range vision for Perris, are committed to engaging young people about their concerns and seeking their input as they created plans and programs to address them.  The City created the Youth Advisory Committee created as a way of “empowering youth and enabling them to make a direct impact on the youth community” by serving as a liaison between the teen-age set at the City Council.

Members will serve up to two years. The committee will meet the first at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday of the month in the City Council chambers. The City would like the committee to include 14 teen-agers. Interested applicants for the vacant positions are asked to call Paulnesha Magee at 951-943-6603, ext. 247 or email at pmagee@cityofperris.org

During a special work session in which they officially were named as committee members, Perris Mayor Daryl Busch and members of the City Council urged the young leaders to take their work seriously, work as a team and set aside personal aspirations to create a better Community.

“You are all so qualified,” Perris City Councilman Al Landers told the new committee members. “It’s people like you who are going to make Perris an even greater City than it already is.”

City Councilwoman Rita Rogers said the teens will take their places in the long history of Perris, which began more than 100 years ago.

“You will be part of the long legacy of the City of Perris,” Rogers said. “This is your chance to put your stamp on this City.”

Following their appointments, Perris elected officials and administrators invited the members of the Youth Advisory Committee for a informal meeting and refreshments in a City Council conference room. Mayor Busch explained some of the requirements that municipal officials must follow, including regulations that require almost all City business to be conducted in public meetings open to Perris residents. One of the first actions of the new committee will be selecting a president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough said that the committee members represent various high schools, come from various ethnic backgrounds and family situations and will be tempted to pursue their own issues. He urged them to avoid those temptations and remember “that we are all people and that we should all together as a team.”

“We want you to be successful,” he said.

City Councilman Julio Rodriguez said he was “incredibly excited” about the creation of the committee and commended all the teen-agers who will launch the initiative.

The Perris Youth Advisory Committee members are: