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Mandan accepting applications for new Youth Commission

The Mandan City Commission is encouraging young people who reside in the city to apply for one of 11 positions on a first-ever Youth Commission.

The city is accepting applications through Tuesday, Sept. 25. The Youth Commission is to be comprised of three representatives from the middle school level (sixth through eighth grades), five representatives from the high school level (grades nine to 12) and three high school graduates ages 18 to 20.

Youth Commission members will make decisions and provide recommendations to the Mandan City Commission on projects that provide educational and community enhancements. Commissioner Dot Frank, who initiated the formation of the Youth Commission, says that it will provide an important avenue for youth to be actively engaged in decisions of community entities that affect them.

Youth Commissioners will have opportunities to develop leadership skills, to involve other young people in community projects, and to voice the needs and concerns of young people to elected city leaders. Members will be expected to attend meetings to be held once every two months during the school year plus work sessions and other activities on occasion.

Applications are available at cityofmandan.com as well as through the Mandan Middle School and Mandan High School. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview with adult liaisons to the Youth Commission.