YOUTH COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER:
Adult Advisor Julie Truesdell arrived at 7:15 p.m.
Mr. Burt said that he has addressed some ideas to be discussed later in the agenda regarding this Youth Forum. Commissioner Barnesmoore asked if they would be drawing from both the high schools and the middle schools. Ms. Scherff suggested that for the present they concentrate on high schools.
AGENDA REVIEW: No changes to the agenda.
CITIZENS COMMENTS: None
Mr. Burt commented since Commissioner Hocking was not present that they are now into the new fiscal year which commenced July 1, 2006 and now have a new budget of approximately $22,000 allocated to them by the City of Brentwood.
3. DISCUSSION ITEM The Youth Commission welcomes its new members James Martinez, Julie Truesdell, and Stephanie James. (K. Ceja)
He also explained that Chairperson Ordaz has moved up as Chairperson for the new year, as she had served as Vice-Chairperson the previous year. This year Commissioner Brinkman will serve as Vice Chairperson. At the next meeting Commissioners Barnesmoore and Hocking will be installed as the new Secretary and Treasurer. There will also be an opportunity for other Commissioners to vote on these positions. The new Commissioner, Stephanie James introduced herself and said that she will be a Senior at Liberty High School the upcoming school year.
Adult Advisor James Martinez introduced himself. He is a long time resident of the City and has been with the Brentwood Police Department for over 18 years and is looking forward to working with the Commissioners and being a good resource for them. Julie Truesdell, also a new Adult Advisor introduced herself and said that she is the Health Teacher at Edna Hill Middle School. She is quite new to the City, but has been looking for a way to become involved and is looking forward to being a part of the Commission as well.
4. ACTION ITEM Status of Cornfest ice delivery fundraiser on July 7-9 2006. (M. Strauss)
5. ACTION ITEM National Teen Leadership Program. (T. Burt)
6. ACTION ITEM Reschedule date for “Get to know the Youth Advisory Commission” workshop. (L. Hocking)
7. ACTION ITEM All Commissioners discuss the ideas for the youth Forum in September 2006 (All Commissioners)
Mr. Burt said it will be held during school hours and probably at the Community Center and about 200 to 250 persons could be accommodated at this facility. Students attending would be excused from school by their teachers and the tentative plans call for it to be held from 9 a.m. to about 2:30 or 3 p.m. to allow them to return to the school for buses/rides etc. He also said the topics are the most important things to figure out at this time and he was looking for suggestions at this meeting for these topics. Suggestions that it just be Brentwood involved in the forum, but get ideas from other commissions and organizations. The role of the Commissioners was discussed, and Adult Advisors and Mr. Burt asked the Commissioners to give them the issues that they would like to see discussed at the forum. All agreed that the proposed teen center would not be the prime focus at the event. Commissioner Barnesmoore concluded that at this point they had decided that the forum would consist of just high school students from the City of Brentwood only. Adult Advisor Julie Truesdell suggested that heavier subjects should be later in the agenda, possibly start with subjects such as alcoholism, then move on to date rape and drugs, or divide people into separate groups for the various subjects. Commissioner Barnesmoore thought they should get all together to begin the forum and discuss the less heavy subjects to begin the discussions.
Mr. Burt said that the facilitator will be able to assist in getting people feeling comfortable with themselves and then move on to the difficult topics so that some real progress can be made in the teen forum and action plans presented to solve the issues. He said that at this time the Commissioners need to come up with what they want to see come out of this forum and set forth their ideas and issues to be addressed at this event. Commissioner Barnesmoore said they also need a plan to implement these plans after the forum. The police representatives said that the police chief will need a collective idea/s of what is requested of the department to alleviate these concerns and problems. Lt. Martinez described the types of problems that are dealt with on a daily basis in the local police department, such as mental health, sexual assault, and drugs. Mr. Burt said these issues are the ones that need to be brought back to the August meeting since they are what’s happening in this community.
COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: None
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:
The new Subcommittee member of the Commission Rachael Musumeci was introduced by Mr. Burt and Commissioner Barnesmoore.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m. by Chairperson Ordaz.
City of Brentwood Youth Commission
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
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