Pittsfield: Youth Commission accepting applications


Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi wants to appoint up to 21 people -- including youth between the ages of 14 to 18 and adults -- to serve on a revived city Youth Commission.

Young adults and adults from across the city are invited to apply. The deadline to submit names for the commission is June 30.

Selections, which will be made by the mayor, will be announced by Aug. 1. The first commission meeting will be held on Sept. 11, and meetings will take place on the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m.

Interested youth should mail or email their name, contact information and a brief write-up explaining why they want to be on the Youth Commission.

Contact Julia Sabourin at jsabourin@pittsfieldch.com; call (413) 499-9322, or mail information to Julia Sabourin, Mayor’s Office, 70 Allen St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

In the past, the city had a Youth Commission, which is a formal committee that serves an important role for both the City Council and the youth of Pittsfield. The council can refer any youth-related event, issue or idea to the commission. For example, the commission was consulted during the development of the original skate park.

Young people can also approach the commission about topics relating to their life and improvements that could be made for the youth population in Pittsfield.

The goal of the commission is to bring the thoughts of youth in Pittsfield to light and make their voices heard. The commission will act as a hub for the many established youth organizations in Pittsfield.

Individual young people, citizens of Pittsfield, the school department, business owners, large youth organizations and any others will be welcome to come and share their concerns, thoughts and ideas at meetings.

"The re-formation of the Youth Commission is a necessary step for Pittsfield," Bianchi said. "The commission will serve as a means for voicing the diverse thoughts, ideas and concerns of our youth in the city. Not only will the council serve the youth, but also it will also help to develop the future leaders of our country."


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