Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards recently established a Youth Engagement Task Force and is seeking Tacoma residents ages 13-19 to apply.

The task force is an effort to improve existing youth-focused programs during a six-month term — from January 2019 to June 2019 — and interested applicants have until Nov. 27 to apply.

“Young people are impacted every day by the decisions made in our community,” Woodards said in a written statement. “Our youth should have a voice at the table and a way to weigh in on the policies we consider as lawmakers. It is never ‘too early’ to participate in shaping Tacoma’s future. The time is now, and I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations made by this task force.”

Appointed members will meet twice a month for about three hours, with food and travel assistance provided.

Members will have the benefit of cultivating relationships with city leaders and community members, learning the inner-workings of local government, helping to develop youth engagement in Tacoma, recognition and a letter of recommendation from Woodards and the city council, and two graded class credits for Tacoma Public Schools students through Next Move.

For questions or information, contact Management Fellow Bucoda Warren at bucoda.warren@cityoftacoma.org; 253-594-7925. Candidates will be evaluated by a group of local stakeholders and city staff, and could be appointed by the city council as early as Dec. 18.