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July 15, 2009 > Youth Advisory Commission

Youth Advisory Commission

City of Milpitas
July 9, 2009

Youth Advisory Commission Supplemental Questionnaire

On June 16 the City Council approved the Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) Supplemental Questionnaire to be part of the commission's selection process.

The Questionnaire will need to be completed and submitted with the City Commission

Application for those interested in being a part of the YAC.

Chair Sareen Sandhu explained that the current YAC will review the application materials of potential Youth Advisory Commissioners, and make recommendations to the mayor.


Adopt-A-Spot

The YAC had their first clean-up at Cardoza Park on Friday, June 19. The commission picked up trash and removed staples from picnic benches.

Only five members of the Youth Advisory Commission attended, which was not enough to make any significant changes.

During the next clean up day the commission is looking at repainting benches and picnic tables. More commissioners will be necessary in order to complete the tasks in a timely manner.

The next park clean up is scheduled for July 24 at 3 p.m.


Sister Cities Commission

The City of Milpitas has a sister city program with Tsukuba, Japan; Dagupan, Philipines; Huizhou, People's Republic of China; and Nam-Gu, Incheon City, South Korea.

These relationships include cultural, governmental, informational and student exchanges.

The exchanges are scheduled according to the interests of each city. Student exchanges are generally during the school year of that's city's school district. Participating students are usually at high school level and are between the ages of 13 to 18 years old.

Because the student exchange is a recurring event, the Sister Cities Commission is interested in creating a seat for a non-voting member of the Sister Cities Commission that would be filled by an interested member of the YAC or local youth community, preferably attending Milpitas High School.

A youth member on the Sister Cities Commission would create a direct line of communication and cooperation between the Sister Cities Commission and the community members that are involved in the student exchanges.

Hopefully, this new position on the Sister Cities Commission would bring interest and a fresh perspective in the student exchanges.

City staff Holly Cuciz, liaison to the Sister Cities Commission, shared more information with the YAC. Student exchanges mostly involve a group of students from another country staying with a host family, and then the same with students from Milpitas.

Sometimes it is difficult to gauge what kind of interest is in the youth community for being a part of the cultural exchanges, or for what youth would like to see, and then getting those ideas out to the Milpitas students.

The Sister Cities Commission was looking for an interested member of the local youth, most likely from the YAC, to come to Sister Cities Commission meetings and share the thoughts and feeling of the youth, answering questions for the Sister Cities Commissioners, bringing them feedback from Milpitas students, and perhaps disseminating information at school.

One Youth Advisory Commissioner interest, and is scheduled to attend the next Sister Cities Commission meeting on July 23.

If a local youth is seriously interested in participating staff will need to change the Sister Cities Commission by-laws to allow a non-voting student member, subject to approval from City Council.


City Hall art installation subcommittee

At the April 7, 2009 City Council meeting, City Council approved the formation of a subcommittee to develop concepts and ideas for an art piece to replace Cartwheel Kids in front of City Hall.

This subcommittee was approved to consist of representatives from the following: City Council, Public Art Committee, Community Advisory Commission, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commission, Senior Advisory Commission and the YAC.

Cartwheel Kids will move to the Milpitas Public Library when the replacement art is selected and installed at City Hall.

The meeting times, dates, and locations of the art installation subcommittee have yet to be determined.

Youth Advisory Commission appointed one representative from the YAC to sit on the City Hall Art Project subcommittee.


Focus group

The YAC conducted face to face surveys at the Milpitas' Got Talent event. The commission felt the sampling was not adequate and would like to determine another method of receiving input on youth issues in Milpitas.

YAC decided it would like to host a focus group meeting, date, time, and location to be determined.

Sandhu stated that a lot of the participants in the face to face surveys were unwilling to give any type of advice, so the focus group is meant to be an open forum where people can express their ideas more comfortably.

This goes back to the mission of YAC, which is to advise the City Council on issues pertaining to the youth. So the YAC needs to talk to the youth to find out what the problems are, and what needs to be changed in the community to make this a better place for youth and teens.

Youth Program Coordinator Samu Tiumalu said that staff is looking at possibly relocating the Milpitas Teen Center to the current Senior Center Sal Cracolice building once the new Senior Center is open. This topic may be included as part of the potential focus group meeting to see if the youth would be interested in that, if the location is ideal, and ideas for programs for youth and teens.

Youth Advisory Commission formed a focus group subcommittee.


Future agenda items

Advertising to local youth about joining the Youth Advisory Commission, whose commissioners are appointed in October.

Youth Advisory Commission by-laws require that 2 members be 7th and/or 8th graders to represent that population of youth.

Next meeting
Thursday, August 13
7 p.m.
Milpitas Teen Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3222

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