Youth Commission

Purpose

The York County Youth Commission (YCYC) serves as a communications link between the youth of York County and the Board of Supervisors by researching and presenting student issues, problems, needs, ideas and suggestions. The YCYC also makes recommendations regarding programs provided to youth, and participates in their establishment when appropriate.  Service on the YCYC increases members' knowledge of local government and provides opportunities for leadership skills development and close teamwork with other students from across the county.

For high school students (grades 9-12) residing in York County.  Members of the current 2017-2018 York County Youth Commission (YCYC) were appointed on May 2, 2017 by the Board of Supervisors.  Their term runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 (they attend only one early June 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting).  Monthly meetings with the full commission are scheduled from Sept. through May (smaller sub-committee meetings scheduled as needed).   

Members

Name District School
Rachel Brotherton District 1 Bruton High School
Elizabeth de Jager District 1
Bruton High School
Zane Eckols District 1 Bruton High School
Brittany L. Lawrence District 2
Grafton High School
Sarah Blanton District 2 Grafton High School
Chenyun Zhang District 2 Grafton High School
Jared Tidwell District 3
York River Academy
Timothy Tidwell District 3 York River Academy
John Turbeville District 3 York High School
Melina Cienski District 4
York High School
Abby Groetsch District 4 York High School
Matthew Nalls District 4 Summit Christian Academy
Khalil Gooddard District 5
Tabb High School
Sung Won (David) Lee District 5 York High School
Evan Swartzbaugh District 5 Tabb High School

Membership


The Youth Commission is made up of 15 high school students, 3 from each election district. Members must be students in grades 9 through 12 and residents of York County.

Responsibilities


The York County Youth Commission (YCYC) serves as a communications link between the youth of York County and the Board of Supervisors by researching and presenting student issues, problems, needs, ideas and suggestions. The YCYC also makes recommendations regarding programs provided to youth, and participates in their establishment when appropriate. Service on the YCYC increases members' knowledge of local government and provides opportunities for leadership skills development and close teamwork with other students from across the county. For high school students (grades 9-12) residing in York County.

Mission


The primary mission of the York County Youth Commission (YCYC) is to act as a voice for York County youth in serving as a link between students and our elected county governing officials, the Board of Supervisors. The YCYC also communicates regularly with officials from the York County School Division. In an effort to gain student input, the YCYC conducts student surveys and hosts annual Town Hall Meetings in the high schools each spring where students can meet in a face to face setting with a member of the Board of Supervisors and a member of the School Board to ask questions. Finally, the YCYC performs and/or sponsors various service projects throughout the year and helps organize and/or publicize countywide high school social events to help build a sense of community among all students living here.

Bylaws


The Youth Commission was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1983 and is governed by a set of bylaws. For more information view the Youth Commission Bylaws (PDF).

Meetings


  • 6 p.m.
  • 1st Wednesday of every month (Determined by Commission)
  • Yorktown Library
    8500 George Washington Memorial Highway
    Yorktown, VA  23692