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The Clark County Youth Commission is recruiting local youths to fill 13 positions for the 2023-2024 program year.

The commission is a group of 30 people ages 11 through 19 who serve as a voice for Clark County youth. It advises the Clark County Council, county departments and community organizations about how their work can affect young people. It identifies and acts on youth concerns, educates the community about building strong youth-adult partnerships, and provides leadership opportunities for youth.

All open positions are available for youth who live in Clark County. Additionally, new leader positions are available for youth with no previous leadership experience, and some positions are open to students living in the geographical boundaries of specific school districts as the Youth Commission uses school district boundaries to ensure broad representation of youth from all areas of the county. Woodland applicants must live in the section of the city within Clark County.

Members serve a one-year term but can recommit to serve multiple terms. The Youth Commission requires six to 12 hours of work each month. Meetings are from 6:45-8:45 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, except July and August. Special projects, assignments and subcommittee work add another two to eight hours per month.

The Youth Commission is accepting applications until June 1. Please find the application at www.clark.wa.gov/community-services/youth-commission. Finalists must participate in an in-person interview. If selected, they must be available to attend a mandatory orientation in August.

For more information about the Clark County Youth Commission, please contact Elizabeth Houston-Hill, program coordinator, at 564-397-5133 or elizabeth.hill@clark.wa.gov.

The Stamp Out Food Drive for Clark County is in great need of volunteers with pickups, SUVs, trailers or any vehicle to pick up food donations on designated routes. Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can stay as long as their schedules allow. Volunteers will need to be at the Vancouver Main Post Office or East Vancouver Carrier Unit for an orientation at 11 a.m. Volunteers will be given maps for designated routes to pick up food donations from customers and bring back to the post offices for delivery to the Clark County Food Bank. For more information, questions or concerns please contact Don Young by text at 360-904-6972, or email at postal44@comcast.net.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association, City of Vancouver, Parks Foundation of Clark County, and Uptown Village, are partnering to plant summer flowers at Propstra Square and spruce up around the downtown core through Uptown from 9:30 a.m. to noon on May 13.

RSVPs are required as there is only room for approximately 110 volunteers. Those looking to take on a leadership role or act as support staff for the event can sign up at www.cityofvancouver.us/cmo/page/volunteer-spruce-couve-planting-and-cleanup.

Volunteers are asked to bring water bottles, gloves, kneeling pads, trowels or other hand tools for the cleanup. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Youth under 18 must have a parental consent form completed via the online RSVP. Youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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