Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
CALL TO ORDER
• Motion to approve the consent calendar.
Commissioner Hamblin reiterated the need for new fundraisers to support the Youth Commission Scholarship Program. She reminded the commissioners about the list of ideas she presented last month and welcomed other commissioners to offer their ideas.
Commissioner Montes stated that the youth survey indicated a high interest in paintball events. He also suggested a swimming event and a discount shopping card with local retailers.
Commissioner Barsanti suggested a crab feed.
7:11 p.m. Commissioner Conder arrived.
Commissioners Montes, Hamblin, Conder, Barsanti and Cook volunteered to form the Youth Commission Scholarship Subcommittee. Adult Advisors Castle volunteered as the adult advisor for the subcommittee.
City Staff Liaison Gary reminded the subcommittee that the Youth Commissioners are responsible for all planning details, implementation and financing of events as City of Brentwood funds aren’t available to launch fundraising programs.
Motion to form a Youth Commission Scholarship Subcommittee consisting of Commissioners Montes, Hamblin, Conder, Barsanti and Cook along with Adult Advisors Castle to discuss possible fundraising ideas.
5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Report from the Youth Commission Master Plan Subcommittee regarding the results of the Youth Survey and discussion of survey results. (M. Strauss)
Chair Strauss advised that the Youth Commissioners compiled survey data over spring break. Although greater review and analysis of the data is yet to be performed, the preliminary review of the data indicated that, of the 566 surveys distributed, the greatest number of respondents was 8th Graders, followed by 7th Graders. The percentage of respondents was pretty even by gender. However, the ethnicity was quite diverse.
Question 1: There are adequate activities for 11 – 18 year olds in Brentwood.
Question 2: If there were more activities offered for 11 – 18 year olds in Brentwood, would you attend?
Question 4: What do you like to do on the weekend?
Question 5: What facilities do you use when you are not at school?
Question 6: If Brentwood had facilities that offered teen activities, such as games, academics, movie nights, dances, etc, would you use them?
Question 7: How far are you willing to travel to teen activities?
Question 8: What are your main sources of transportation?
Question 9: How comfortable do you feel attending activities at the following places?
Adult Advisor Truesdell praised the commissioners on their amazing work and felt they should be proud of their accomplishment.
City Staff Liaison Gary commended the commissioners on their excellent work and appreciates their time to enter and compile the data. Questions with “Other” answers will be made available in a list format and should be considered with further review of the data. She would like the Youth Commission to consider presenting the data to the Park and Recreation Commission once the data is analyzed further and ideas are formulated. It should also be included in the Year in Review presentation.
Commissioners discussed fundraising options such as a teen club, youth dance, and battle of the bands events.
Adult Advisor Castle appreciated everyone’s involvement especially since a prior year’s commission started the survey project and yet they stepped in and saw it through to distribution.
Police Liaison Bell would like to share the data with other entities, such as the Police Activities League (PAL).
6. DISCUSSION ITEM: Final update from the Middle School Involvement Subcommittee regarding visiting local middle schools to increase middle school student involvement with the Youth Commission. (I. Ordaz)
Commissioner Ordaz advised he and Commissioner Hamblin visited Bristow and Edna Hill Middle Schools. He felt their visits went well as the students asked questions about the Youth Commission and requested applications.
Commissioners Barsanti and Montes reiterated to the Youth Commission that they went to the Leadership Class at Adams Middle School last month and their presentation was well received by students.
The Middle School Involvement Subcommittee role is completed.
7. ACTION ITEM: Discuss current status for the Tour de Starbucks fundraiser and select a subcommittee to work on event logistics. (M. Strauss)
Chair Strauss advised that the Tour de Starbucks is being organized by the PAL due to budget cuts within the City of Brentwood. The Youth Commission would like to stay involved and earn money for their scholarship fund.
Starbucks employee, Rebecca Bradley, is assisting PAL with the planning of the event. Ms. Bradley spoke to the Youth Commission and distributed a flyer for the event on May 16, 2009. She described the three bike routes of 8, 12 and 50 miles. She advised that Antioch PAL is also participating in the event and therefore, the Starbucks donation will be split three-ways between the Brentwood PAL, Antioch PAL and the Brentwood Youth Commission. A registration fee will be charged this year to cover the cost of liability insurance. She expressed the need of volunteers to remain stationed at the various locations during the event.
Commissioners Montes, Walker, Strauss and Barsanti volunteered to form the Tour de Starbucks Subcommittee. Adult Advisor Truesdell and Police Liaison Bell volunteered as the adult advisors for the subcommittee.
Motion to form a Tour de Starbucks Subcommittee consisting of Commissioners Montes, Walker, Strauss and Barsanti along with Adult Advisor Truesdell and Police Liaison Bell to assist with planning and the Youth Commission involvement for the Tour de Starbucks event.
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
City of Brentwood Youth Commission
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513
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