DUTIES: The Youth Commission
was formed to foster greater involvement of youth in municipal government,
specifically to study any problems, activities and concerns of youth relating
to municipal policies, programs or projects of the City of San Jose. The
Commission makes recommendations to the City Council and to the Recreation,
Parks and Community Services Department on these issues, conducts forums
to involve youth in the governmental decision-making process.
RELATIONSHIPS: The Commission acts
in an advisorsy capacity to the City Council with the Council as the
final decision-making body. The Youth Commission also directly advises
the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department on youth
programs that are sponsored by the Department.
QUALIFICATIONS: The eleven members
of this Commission serve two year terms. Commissioners must be at least
14 years old, and no more than 20 years old at the time of their appointment.
One member is appointed from each City Council District, and must be a
resident of that District. One member is appointed at large and must be
a resident of the City of San Jose. Members are appointed to reflect as
nearly as possible the diverse, demographic characteristics of the youth
population of the City.
MEETINGS: The Youth Commission meets
on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 P.M. at City Hall Council Chambers.
In general, Commissioners spend 10-15 hours each month preparing for and
attending the regular meeting. Commissioners may spend an additional five
hours a month attending subcommittee meetings.
BENEFITS: There is no compensation
for serving on the Youth Commission.
POLITICAL REFORM ACT OF 1974 AS AMENDED: The
Conflict of Interest section of the Political Reform Act applies to
the Youth Commission. However, Commissioners are not required to file
Form 700, Statement of Economic Interests.
APPOINTMENT PROCESS: The Council
Member, in whose district the vacancy exists, makes appointments to
the Youth Commission. Copies of all applications received will be submitted
to the appropriate Council Member for review and selection. The newly
appointed Youth Commissioners then participate in a swearing-in ceremony,
which will be held during the evening session of a Council meeting.
ATTENDANCE: Commissioners are expected
to attend all Commission meetings. San Jose Municipal Code Section
2.08.060 requires that a Commissioner who has unexcused absences from
any three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings in a
calendar year, is deemed to have resigned from the Commission.
For further information about the Commission, please
contact the Commission Staff at 408-793-5559.