Following a successful third year as part of the Tigard City Council, the Youth City Councilor position will continue for another 1-year term. Mayor Snider is now seeking applications from eligible students who reside within Tigard City Limits.
Program information and the student application and essay questions are available at www.tigard-or.gov/YCC. For consideration, candidates should submit a completed application and answer three essay questions by Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
The program aims to advise the City Council on community issues from a youth perspective, increase student participation in local government, and provide input on issues of importance to Tigard youth.
To be considered, a student must be a resident of Tigard at the end of their sophomore or junior year of high school and attend a public or private school (Tigard High School, Westview High, Muslim Educational Trust, Jesuit, St. Mary’s of the Valley, etc.) where they have and maintain, passing grades in their classes.
The youth city councilor is invited to participate in all City Council activities outside of regularly scheduled council meetings (National Night Out, Meet & Greets, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, etc.) as long as the activity does not interfere with school commitments.
The successful youth city councilor will sit with the City Council at meetings, comply with council rules of procedure, and conduct themselves professionally. The youth city councilor must be able to commit to attending regular meetings of the City Council (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. – either remotely or in-person at City Hall when Council transitions out of virtual meetings in accordance with Covid-19 precautions) but will not attend executive sessions or be given confidential information for executive sessions.
Mayor Snider said, “We’ve received outstanding applications from students since this position was created, making this a very competitive interview and selection process. I’m looking forward to hearing the views our next Youth City Councilor will contribute to council deliberations. Our current Youth City Councilor has brought enthusiasm and drive to climate resiliency, voter registration and the importance of diversity, equity and equality in a thriving community.”
If you have questions, email Mayor Snider at Jason@tigard-or.gov.