Pinellas Youth Advisory Committee application window opens soon

PINELLAS COUNTY — The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners invites area high school students to attend the annual Youth Advisory Committee Virtual Open House on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The Virtual Open House will provide students with information about the Youth Advisory Committee and ways that students can participate in local government. The application window for the Committee is open and will close on Friday, Sept. 11.

Established in 2001, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) was developed as a means for Pinellas high school students to provide the local youth perspective to the Board of County Commissioners.  YAC members assist the Commission by helping to identify the needs of young people, organizing youth-based activities that benefit the community, and by becoming active participants in County programs. Past participants have increased leadership skills, improved public speaking abilities, and grown a better understanding of government.

YAC seeks high school students who are interested in being community leaders or learning more about local government. Committee members have the opportunity to meet with government officials, tour county departments, and government agencies and work collaboratively on a year-end service project, which is presented to the Board of County Commissioners.

Students interested in attending the Virtual Open House should register for the Zoom event in advance at https://bit.ly/2XXMGB7.  Questions about YAC should be directed to yac@pinellascounty.org or (727) 464-3568.

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