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Youth Commission Meeting - February 7, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m.

Commissioners Briana Swisher, Mickell Escobar, Christine Mendez, Sarah Simmons, Luke Barnesmoore, Taylor Brinkman, Belinda Ordaz, Leah Hocking, Matthew Strauss and Stephanie James were present. Adult Advisor present was Julie Truesdell. Adult Advisors absent were Kiko Ceja and James Martinez. PAL Liaison Mark Louwerens was present. City Staff Liaison Barbie Gary was present.



Move Item 5 to item 1.


Commissioner Hocking made a motion to approve the consent calendar. Commissioner Barnesmoore seconds. All were in favor.

• DISCUSSION ITEM Report from sub-committee about next steps based on the results of the Youth Forum Report. (L. Hocking)
The sub-committee discussed writing a new 2-yr. Master Plan, since they have completed the old plan by having the Youth Forum. They would like to conduct a survey to the high school students only to find out about their general welfare and the needs and wants of the students. They are interested in a Teen Center. The sub-committee will narrow down some of these broad categories at the next meeting. Heritage High School Principal Andy Parsons stated not many people know about the Youth Commission and suggested having them do a video to show to the schools. Liberty High School Principal would like a representative from Freedom High School to come next time.

• DISCUSSION ITEM Update on registration totals for 2007 Ski and Snowboard trips. (C. Mendez)
City Liaison Gary announced that the trip to Sugar Bowl was canceled due to lack of registration. She stated that the Commissioners should concentrate on the second trip and try to push the enrollment up. A press release has been done. Chairperson Ordaz stated the schools could announce the trip over the loud speakers.

7:39 Commissioner Brinkman arrived.

• DISCUSSION ITEM Update on Youth Activity Night, which was cancelled due to low enrollment. (S. James)
The commissioners discussed that they need to advertise sooner. They need to go around and talk to all of the classes at the schools. Other suggestions for advertising were announcements on the PA system at each school.

• ACTION ITEM Report from sub-committee regarding the Youth Job Fair scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2007 and approve proposed Battle of the Bands competition and set a budget of no more than $500 for the event
(M. Strauss)
Commissioners Hocking and Strauss reported that they have a draft letter inviting the community businesses to the event, and they were planning on mailing it out on February 13, 2007. City Liaison Gary will have to approve the draft. She also suggested that the Commissioners follow-up one week after the letters are mailed out. She will order the booths for the event.

City Staff Mike Tsutsumi and Jackie Dwyer proposed the Battle of the Bands Event to immediately follow the Job Fair. They stated that this would help bring teens out to the job fair. Their will be about six high school bands selected to compete. City Staff must hear the music and see the lyrics in order to apply. They will need help taking down the booths from the Job Fair and setting up for the Battle of the Bands. They will need the help of City Staff, the Pal Board and the Youth Commissioners. The Commissioners could sell water to the attendees as a fundraiser. The fundraiser would have to be split between the Youth Commission’s Scholarship Fund and PAL.

Commissioner Strauss made a motion to approve the proposed Battle of the Bands competition and set a budget of no more than $500 for the event. Commissioner Hocking seconds. All were in favor.

7:49 Commissioner Swisher left.

7:52 PAL Liaison Mark Louwerens arrived.

• ACTION ITEM Finalize date for the Tour de Starbucks fundraising event and discussion of event details. (M. Louwerens)
PAL Liaison Louwerens suggested June 2, 2007 for this event. The sub-committee was formed consisting of Commissioners Hocking, Strauss, Barnesmoore, James and Chairperson Ordaz.

Commissioner Hocking made a motion to set the date of the Tour de Starbucks Event to June 2, 2007. Commissioner Strauss seconds. All were in favor.

• ACTION ITEM Approve Youth Commission Scholarship and set a budget of no more than $2000. (L. Barnesmoore)
City Liaison Gary stated that the scholarship funds are still there from last year.

Commissioner Hocking made a motion to approve the Youth Commission Scholarship and to set a budget of no more than $2000. Commissioner Mendez seconds. All were in favor.

• ACTION ITEM Select candidates to attend the Sacramento Experience scheduled for March 24-27, 2007 through CAL PAL and approve a budget of no more that $350. (M. Louwerens)
PAL Liaison Louwerens announced that the cost of registration is $100. The total cost of the trip per person is $350. They are allowed to take two Commissioners. He will nominate one girl and one boy for a special award given at the conference. Commissioners Barnesmoore, Ordaz, Escobar and Strauss have never been there before and expressed an interest in going. Commissioners Hocking, Brinkman and Simmons have previously attended but would be interested in attending again.

Commissioner Strauss made a motion to approve a budget of no more than $700 to have two Commissioners attend the Sacramento Experience scheduled for March 24-27, 2007. Commissioner Mendez seconds. All were in favor.

• ACTION ITEM Select liaisons to represent the Youth Commission at Police Activity League Board meetings. (M. Escobar)
Commissioner Escobar stated that these meetings are once a month at 6:00 p.m. for about 1 – 1-1/2 hrs.

Commissioner Brinkman made a motion to be the main attendee at the Police Activity League Board meetings with Commissioner Hocking being his backup. Commissioner Barnesmoore seconds. All were in favor.

Commissioner Strauss stated that he thought it was an honor that Brentwood received the Top 100 Best Communities for Youth Award. City Liaison Gary explained the program, and stated that this makes Brentwood eligible to apply for grants up to $100,000 for youth programs.

City Liaison Gary stated the restaurant Pick-up-Stix called her and said they do fundraising. They will advertise on their own flyers, but the Commissioners would have to pass the flyers out and promote the event.

Job Fair Update
Tour de Starbucks Update
Activity Night – Discuss whether to attempt to do this again.
Sacramento Experience – Update on who’s going.
Master Plan – Sub-Committee Update
Pick-Up-Stix Fundraising
Scholarship – If anything to discuss.
Battle of the Bands
New Commissioners Vacancies – When are applications due?

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.


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