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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2009

Kansas City Youth Commission applications available

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Advocacy Office, a division of the City Manager's Office, is accepting applications for the fifth year of the Kansas City Youth Commission. City residents between the ages of 12-23 are eligible to apply.

Young people interested in applying for the commission are invited to an information session March 26 from 4-6 p.m. in the first floor rotunda of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St. At the event, past commissioners, the city manager and elected officials will answer questions and provide details about service on the commission.

Youth Commission members will be chosen through a competitive process. The 17 young people who are selected will be the official youth voice in the City's decision-making process, and advocate for the needs and wants of the city's youth. Commissioners will be called upon to encourage political involvement among their peers.

“It was apparent by the involvement of young people during the Presidential election that young people are finding their voice and are interested in making changes in their community,” said Thalia Cherry, youth advocate manager. “During the past four years, our office has had the privilege of working with several young people who are dedicated to making Kansas City a great community.”

The deadline to apply for the Kansas City Youth Commission is April 2 at 5 p.m. To submit or download an application, visit the Youth Advocacy Web site at http://www.kcmo.org/youth. Completed applications also can be sent to: Youth Advocacy Office, 414 E. 12th St., 25th floor, Kansas City, MO 64106.

For more information, contact Thalia Cherry, youth advocate, (816) 513-1314 or youthcom@kcmo.org.

    
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