Regular Meeting - Youth Commission
City of Brentwood
Wednesday March 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER:
3. DISCUSSION Review Sierra-at-Tahoe Trip (L. Barnesmoore)
4. DISCUSSION/ACTION Youth Commission Job Fair (L. Hocking)
Adult Advisor Ceja said it sounds to him like they have done a good job and are on the right track, but time constraints look like it should be postponed. The Commission has so far built a reputation on this being a successful event and they don’t want to spoil this reputation by not having a first class event. He recommends that the fair be postponed. Commissioners agreed since they just didn’t have the time now, and to check with the Community Center to try and book it later in April or May.
Mr. Burt appreciated the comments of the Commissioners and said they are showing experience and maturity in wanting to push the date back to make sure they have a successful event. He had conferred with Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager and Officer Louwerens and suggested talking to the Chamber of Commerce to find out when their Business Expo is scheduled and see if they could partner with them for the Job Fair. All businesses that are Chamber of Commerce members attend this and it would be a perfect time to hold the Job Fair as a co-sponsor if the Chamber of Commerce would agree to this idea. Mr. Burt felt this idea should be pursued as it would be so very beneficial in bringing the local businesses together with the Youth Commission for the Job Fair. He felt the Commissioners should talk to the businesses that have been contacted and either postpone the Job Fair and hold it at a later date on their own or try to connect with the Chamber of Commerce for a joint event. Mr. Burt will call the Chamber of Commerce the following day to pursue that avenue and then notify the Commissioners of the results of his conversation with the Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Simmons asked if the posters that are up should be taken down and he said yes, they should. An exit strategy was then set in place for the date of March 11, 2006. Commissioner Ordaz will contact the Community Center after she hears from Mr. Burt. She also suggested having the fair outside if the fair is scheduled later in the spring. Mr. Burt also mentioned the fact that there are a lot of other events coming up for the Commission such as the “Fun Run” scholarship night and planning for the youth forum. Possibility of holding the Job Fair in the fall or rescheduling for every other year also discussed. Commissioner Strauss would still like to have the Job Fair this year. Chairperson Brinkman also liked the idea of working with the Chamber of Commerce. He also said that the businesses that have been contacted by letter should receive a letter stating that the Job Fair has been postponed to an indefinite date or whatever date may be decided upon by connection with the Chamber of Commerce. Chairperson Brinkman moved that the Job Fair be postponed until an undetermined date as of now. Motion seconded by Commissioner Sidhu, motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Strauss asked for an email when Mr. Burt finds out if the Chamber of Commerce will allow them to be a part of the Business Expo and he will then write letters to all of those businesses previously contacted by him. Posters will be taken down as well.
5. DISCUSSION/ACTION Liberty High School Scholarship Funding Status (L. Hocking)
Discussion on the amount of the scholarship and Mr. Burt explained that it was noted in the application that the amount was up to $1,000, so they are not limited to that amount, it could be less and would still be a good scholarship. Chairperson Brinkman said they should focus on fund-raising earlier in the year next year and Mr. Burt said to really concentrate on the Fun Run as that is the best way to raise funds, the $1,100 that is in the fund now, all came from the last year’s event. Officer Louwerens said he will check into the Cornfest funds as PAL did get two checks and possibly one should go to the Youth Commission. If it has gone to PAL he will get a check cut for the Commission.
6. DISCUSSION/ACTION Adult Advisor interview Date and Time (T. Burt)
Officer Louwerens then discussed the upcoming PAL meeting on Saturday, April 8, 2006; this is called the Sacramento Experience. He discussed last year’s meeting and the Commissioners who attended that event. Chairperson Brinkman was one of the attendees and also commented on the meeting. This is a leadership conference lasting from Saturday until Tuesday. Those attending would have to be able to get permission to miss school on the Monday and Tuesday. They have the opportunity to meet with members of the Legislature and watch this body in action. PAL pays for all of the expenses involved in the transportation, housing, etc. Last year the Commissioners attending met with Guy Houston for about one and half hours. Commissioners attending must be 12 years old or in seventh grade. He feels some of the middle school people may not fully understand all that is going on, or be that interested at that age group. He will be taking four people, two females and two males. He must have the names of those attending by March 10, 2006. There will be chaperones. Mr. Burt asked if there were any Commissioners present that felt their schedules would allow them to attend. He explained that this has to be a commitment for the period of time from April 8 - 11, 2006 and they do have to be able to stay in Sacramento, will not be coming home in the evening. Mr. Burt then called for volunteers and the following Commissioners raised their hands, Sarah Simmons, Leah Hocking, Belen Sidhu, Belinda Ordaz, Luke Barnesmoore and Taylor Brinkman. They will then check with their parents and school schedules and contact Officer Louwerens by phone or email by Monday, March 6, 2006. If they can’t contact Officer Louwerens, they can call or email Mr. Burt.
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:
Betty Jo Whincup
City of Brentwood Youth Commission
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
Fax (925) 516-5445