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Youth Commission Minutes - March 2, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Brentwood Technology Center, Council Chambers
101 B Sand Creek Road
Brentwood, CA 94513

Secretary A. Montes called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Commissioners Katie Barsanti, Anthony Montes, Kimberly Montes, Paige Ross, Allyson Spears, Jack Strauss, and Chris Walker were present. Commissioners Bailey Hamblin, Madisun Marquez and Matthew Strauss were absent. Adult Advisors Laura DeLaCruz and Dave Castle Advisor were present. Adult Advisor Steve Walker was excused. Police Liaison Chris Peart was excused. City Staff Liaison Barbie Gary was present.




1. Approve regular meeting minutes of February 2, 2011. (M. Strauss)
2. Accept Fiscal Status for 2010/11 budget year. (K. Montes)

Motion to approve the consent calendar.

Motioned: Barsanti
Second: K. Montes
Ayes: 7
Nays: 0
Absent: Hamblin, Marquez, M. Strauss

3. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Middle School Involvement Committee regarding visits made to local middle schools to increase middle school student involvement with the Youth Commission. (K. Barsanti)

Commissioner Marquez visited Bristow Middle School and Commissioner Barsanti visited Adams Middle School and delivered dance flyers. Adult Advisor Castle will visit Edna Hill Middle School to distribute dance flyers and Youth Commission applications.

4. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Youth Leadership Committee. (B. Hamblin)

This item is continued to next month, as Commissioner Hamblin is not present.

5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Fundraising Committee regarding event details for the middle school dance fundraiser, scheduled for March 11, 2011 at the Brentwood Senior Activity Center. (B. Hamblin)

In Commissioner Hamblin’s absence, Adult Advisor Castle advised the commission that the dance will have a Hawaiian theme. City Staff Liaison Gary will provide decorations; Commissioners M. Strauss and J. Strauss will coordinate the music and lighting; white plastic fencing will be used for crowd control; Police Liaison Peart and possibly another officer will be in uniform at the dance; Police Explorers will be present; additional chaperones are needed. City Staff Liaison Gary requested to have chaperones sign volunteer forms. Commissioners are asked to arrive at 4:00 p.m. for set-up. Concessions will include pizza slices for $2.00 each and soda/water for $1.00 each.

6. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Youth Leadership Conference Committee regarding the proposed Brentwood Youth Leadership Conference. (P. Ross)

Commissioner Ross advised that the committee has not developed a purpose or theme. The commission brainstormed event ideas to assist the committee.

Commissioner Walker presented the ideas discussed by the previous committee members. One theme is to “LEAD with Great HOPE.” The acronym for LEAD is Learn, Educate, Appreciate, Develop and HOPE stands for Helping Others Pursue Excellence. The other theme is “5 Steps to Leadership.”

It was discussed contacting Marilyn King, former Olympian, as a possible keynote speaker. The event would be open to the public with pre-registration required. The fee for attendees remains to be determined based on speaker and other event expenses. Possible topics for breakout sessions include communication, helping others, getting others involved, advertising and promoting, idea development and ethics. It was recommended to announce the event this school year to promote it to next year’s incoming leadership students.

The venue has not been reserved for the possible event dates of August 20 or 27, 2011.


City Staff Liaison Gary announced Bruce Mulder is the new Park and Recreation Commission Liaison for the Youth Commission. She also reminded those commissioners and adult advisors whose terms were expiring that they would need to reapply if they wish to continue to have an opportunity to serve on the Youth Commission.

Fundraising Committee (Middle School Dance)
Youth Leadership Conference Committee
Youth Leadership Committee
Tour de Starbucks Committee

Meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m.

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Brentwood, CA 94513
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